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MLB 2019: First Week’s Greatest Hits

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Thank goodness, baseball is back! With the new MLB Season finally here, the league has already seen some insane accomplishments around the league in the first week of the season. While veteran stars are looking to add to their resumes, new stars are looking to get their names out there. The season just started, but we already can’t wait for what happens next.

Here are some of the best moments in the first week of the 2019 MLB Season.

First Week’s Greatest Hits: National League

Yelich Goes Yard! (x4)
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Christian Yelich in his 2018 NL MVP season. Image Courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

The reigning NL MVP is already making history in the first week of the regular season. Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich has joined some very elite company after belting a home run in each of the first four games of the season. Only five players have accomplished this feat, including Willie Mays and Mark McGuire. No. 22 has blown up like few have done before. Already it seems that he could successfully defend his crown as NL MVP. But Yelich cannot take his foot the gas pedal if he wishes to stay at the top.

Marlins Looking Up?

Miami started their season hosting a stacked Colorado Rockies roster. The Marlins, surprisingly, managed to split the series at two games a piece. There is, of course, a lot of room for improvement. But their journey out of the rebuilding process may not be as rough as many feared. In the final game of the series, Miami’s Sandy Alcantara, pitched a shutout start to his 2019 during his eight inning on the mound. Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson is off to a hot start in his first week in Miami. The 38-year-old outfielder has tallied a home run and three RBI, along with a .400 batting average.

Dodgers Dealing Damage
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Budding Superstar, Cody Bellinger (LA Times)

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a massive roster change over the offseason, with many of their players now with the Cincinnati Reds. But they do not seem shaken about the moves they made. In their first week of 2019, Los Angeles is one of the first two teams in the majors (Seattle is the second) to reach double-digit home runs and break 40 RBIs as a team. Not to mention they are the only team in baseball with a team batting average of .300 or higher. The Dodgers are well on their way to retaining their dominance over the NL West. With Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson leading the way on offense, LA has immediately become a pitcher’s nightmare.

First Week’s Greatest Hits: American League

Mariners on the Move
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez in 2014(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Speaking of Seattle, the Mariners are off to an explosive to their 2019 campaign as well. They currently leads all of baseball in RBI scored as a team, although they an earlier start to their season than everyone else. Tim Beckham and Domingo Santana have dealt exceptional damage from the batter’s box. Plus, they dominated in their opening series against the Boston Red Sox, taking the series three games to one. But in a division that includes the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics, Seattle will have their work cut out for them on their quest to take the AL West.

Rays Starting Strong

The Tampa Bays Rays ended last season on a very high note. Now, it looks like they’re picking up where they left off. Beginning their 2019 against a dangerous Houston Astros team, the Rays stood their ground and won three games of the four game series. However, the Rays’ offense showed that it needs more attention, barely averaging above .200 as a squad. Of course, the season just started. But it is never too early to tackle production problems. Whatever adjustments they make now can spell abundant success down the line.

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