The Yankees and the Red Sox are battling to stay out of the cellar, the Nationals are number one in their division, and Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in a game.
Every week, our panel of sports fans discusses a topic of the moment. For today's conversation, Jake Simpson (writer, The Atlantic), Hampton Stevens (writer, ESPN and The Atlantic), and Patrick Hruby (writer, ESPN and The Atlantic), discuss the MLB season so far.
Between the NBA playoffs, the NHL playoffs, and once-in-a-lifetime endings in English Premier League soccer, the start of the baseball season has largely been off the radar (four-homerun games notwithstanding, more on that in a minute). But there's been enough wackiness so far to fill an entire season.
Where to start? How about the up-to-date MLB standings? Texas and St. Louis, last year's World Series participants, are holding serve at the top of the AL West and NL Central, respectively. But the other four divisions all have surprises at the top, none more so than the AL East, where the Baltimore Orioles are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place while the Yankees and Red Sox fight to avoid the cellar. The Orioles are the latest example of Buck Showalter's magic touch—the veteran manager previously brought the Yankees and Diamondbacks from the doldrums to the brink of a World Series title. Tragically, Buck left the Yanks and D-Backs a year before they won the World Series, so I guess Baltimore owner Peter Angelos' plan is to give Buck a couple more years to prime the team for a postseason run before bringing in a managerial closer.