3 Biggest MLB Surprises So Far This Season

Max Staley
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We're just about two weeks into the 2019 MLB season, and there have already been a handful of surprises thus far. For example, who would've predicted that Chicago White Sox's shortstop Tim Anderson would be leading the MLB in batting average (.515), or that the Seattle Mariners' outfielder Jay Bruce would be leading the AL in home runs (7).

There have also been a ton of teams that have jumped out to surprising starts, both good and bad. So let's breakdown the three most surprising teams in the MLB thus far.

3. New York Mets (6-4)

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The Mets finished 77-85 last season, and most baseball analysts were predicting a similarly disappointing finish this year. Well, through 10 games that hasn't been the case, as the Mets have jumped out to a 6-4 start, and were actually 6-2 before a recent two-game skid. The Mets' start is particularly impressive considering they opened at +2400 to win the World Series according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and they're now +1800. The Mets have done a superb job putting the bat on the ball thus far, as they're currently ranked No. 6 in the MLB in team batting average (.272). Whether the Mets can continue making such solid contact is anyone's guess, but if they do, elite pitchers like Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom could help them contend late into the season.

2. Seattle Mariners (11-2)

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At 11-2, the Seattle Mariners currently have the best record in baseball. After defeating the Kansas City Royals by a final score of 6-3 Tuesday night, this team shows no signs of slowing down. And their latest odds to win the world series certainly reflect that, as Seattle is now +3700 to win it all, which is quite the jump from where they were listed on March 28 (+5500). The Mariners have been buoyed by a strong combination of starting pitching and power hitting early in the year. Seattle's ace Marco Gonzales has gotten off to a terrific start, posting a 3.16 ERA through four starts. The Mariners have also gotten 11 combined home runs from Edwin Encarnacion and Bruce, while Domingo Santana is leading the AL with 19 RBI. Seattle is likely going to regress to the mean at some point, but they've been a dominant force thus far.

1. Boston Red Sox (3-9)

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Everyone knows repeating as champions is tough, especially in the MLB, but no one predicted the Boston Red Sox would start out 3-9. The Red Sox were listed at +650 to win the World Series on March 28, but they've since fallen to +900. So much of what worked last season has been ineffective thus far, but nothing has been more surprising than Chris Sale's regression. Sale inked a five-year $145 million deal days before the season began, but his ERA has ballooned to 9.00 through three starts this season, and he got shelled by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. However, Sale is far from the only concern on the staff, as the Red Sox team ERA is 6.35 through 12 contests, which ranks No. 28 in the MLB. If the Red Sox can't turn their pitching staff around, Boston's nightmare start could last the entire season.

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