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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Early Season Surprises (Good and Bad)

Omaha Spikes
The Spikes have stormed out to a 18-5 start. In addition to holding the best record in the Majors, they are also leading in home runs with 44. This comes a season after finishing dead last in homers with only 119. The early power surge probably will not last, but with their pitching depth it will not matter. Joseph Park has been particularly nasty with a .96 ERA in 4 starts.

Seattle Pilots
Things are finally looking up in Seattle. The Pilots have spent years developing prospects and it's paying off. They are currently tied for 1st place in the extremely competitive AL East with Montreal and Kansas City. The team has gotten it done with a mix of solid pitching and hot hitting from Carlos Arrojo, who has a .337 avg to go along with a slugging percentage of .675.

Kansas City Monarchs
Power and defense has been the story in KC so far this season. The Monarchs rank in the top five of the American League in doubles, triples, home runs, and fielding percentage. Their hard hitting and defense has made up for a slow start by the pitching staff. It'll be interesting to see how long KC keeps prized pitching prospect Carlos Santos at AAA.

Huntington Heroes
Things are not looking good in Huntington. The team is off to a 6-17 start and there are rumblings about rebuilding. Earlier this week, team owner P. Chez announced Center Fielder Kelvin Christiansen and Closer Christopher Champion were on the trade block. The ugly start by the Heroes can be attributed to their bullpen, who has squandered the stellar efforts of Virgil Hogan (.36 ERA in 4 starts) and Clayton Henderson (.87 ERA in 4 starts).

Baltimore Lords
After two straight 90 win seasons, the Lords have staggered out of the gate with a record of 6-17. The problem is clearly their pitching, which ranks second to last in the Majors with a team ERA of 6.18. If Baltimore is going to turn it around, they'll need the staff to get it together before they fall too far behind.