With 30ish games in the books (120ish at-bats), we have enough data to give us a leaderboard for various statistical categories.
Aaron Judge is the only player with double-digit homers. The Yankees’ superstar, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season, has looked an MVP. Obviously, I won’t bang on about my preseason prediction.
Padres’ Manny Machado leads the league with 27 runs. Despite ostracising half of his fanbase by wearing an LGB t-shirt, the third baseman has risen to the challenge of being “the man” in San Diego while Fernando Tatis Jr. is absent.
I don’t think anyone expected the Cleveland Guardians to start the season with such a high level of production. Jose Ramirez, who signed a long-term extension before the season to stay in Ohio, leads the league with 30 RBI.
It is not too surprising that Mets’ slugger, Pete Alonso, is second with 28 RBI, but it is very surprising that Alonso is only just ahead of Brewers’ Rowdy Tellez with 26 RBI. The round-faced smiler is slugging .538 and is the first Brewer ever to have an 8-RBI game.
Mariners rookie superstar, Julio Rodriguez, has not had the impact with the bat that was hoped. A sub-.300 wOBA shows that even the most talented 21 year olds have teething problems. J-Rod leads the league with 10 stolen bases, one ahead of Orioles shortstop (and my mancrush) Jorge Mateo.
Another of my preseason predictions looks a little too optimistic.
You don’t often get clear daylight after such a small sample, but Guardians Franmil Reyes already has 48 strikeouts – nearly 20% more than the second-place trio of Dansby Swanson, Patrick Wisdom and Geno Suarez.
Among pitchers with at least 20 innings, Shohei Ohtani tops the list with a strikeout rate of 14.01 K/9.
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