Five surprises from the start of the 2014 baseball season
We know, we know, baseball is a long season. But every year there are a number of developments from the first few weeks that make your raise an eyebrow.
In today's Five for Friday, deputy sports editor David Selig looks at five early-season happenings that few would have predicted even three weeks ago.
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BREW CREW IS BEST IN THE BIGS( Benny Sieu, USA Today Sports / April 12, 2014 )
Most people didn't count on the Milwaukee Brewers as being a contender this year. If they were on your schedule, it was an opportunity to go out to the park and boo Ryan Braun, but not much else.
Well, "Sheriff" Mark Reynolds and company have been the baddest team in the big leagues, entering Friday with an 11-5 record.
Our old pal Reynolds is only hitting .171 (with three homers), but the real story is Milwaukee's pitching. The Brewers rank third in the majors with a 2.73 ERA, and with a 1-2-3 of Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza, it's conceivable that they could be competitive for the long haul.