Strong Player Starts (and Not) From Around The League: American League East

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Yesterday we explored hot (and not) starts from players around the National League East, with Bryce Harper leading the way.  Today we focus on the American League East and who is off to blazing starts and exploring to find those that are not.

Baltimore Orioles
Hot
Mark Trumbo, OF – Trumbo has already hit 5 homers in 11 games for Baltimore and is hitting .386 with 11 RBI, and 1.163 OPS to this point

Manny Machado, 3B – Machado is just a little less hot than Trumbo, as he has started off with a .383 average, 4 homers, 4 doubles, 5 RBI, and a 1.155 OPS

Not
Chris Davis, 1B – Yes, Davis has hit 5 home runs and I guess it  can be said he is making the most of his 9 hits, but he is hitting just .225 and has struck out 16 times so far

Yovani Gallardo, SP – Gallardo has made 3 starts for his new team and given up 10 earned runs over 16 innings (5.68 ERA), yet his team’s offense has supported him as he’s 1-0 on the season.  The .295 average against and 1.50 WHIP will catch up to him in the loss column if not corrected soon

Boston Red Sox
Hot
Travis Shaw, 3B – Not only did Shaw unseat Pablo Sandoval to start the season, but it looks like he’s not going to give the spot up any time soon (Sandoval is on the DL as well) while hitting .342 with 6 extra base hits (5 2B, 1 HR), 7 RBI, and a .984 OPS

Hanley Ramirez, 1B – I’ll include HanRam to this list, not necessarily because he’s tearing the league up (.306 avg, 5 XBH, 6 RBI, but because last season was such a loss, that these numbers look very good to start

Not
Xander Bogaerts, SS – Last year’s runner-up to the AL Batting title is struggling mightily with a .220 average, with 10 K’s and .624 OPS

Mookie Betts, OF – Everyone’s superstar in the making candidate this year is stuggling as well with a .222 avg, 4 XBH, 14 K’s, and .607 OPS

Steven Wright, SP – Just to go to show that Wins can be a meaningless stat, Wright is 0-2 with a 2.13 ERA, where he has given up 3 ER (4 runs total), has 11 K’s, a .250 average aginast, and a 1.18 WHIP.  Then there is Rick Porcello who has given up 7 runs in 2 starts and is 2-0.  To be fair, Porcello’s average against is .196 and WHIP is 0.89

Joe Kelly, SP – A fantasy sleeper coming in to the season based on his finished last year, Kelly got rocked against Toronto (7 ER), but did look better against Baltimore (2 ER).  To date, Kelly is 1-0, with a 10.13 ERA, with a .389 average against and 2.75 WHIP

New York Yankees
Hot
Carlos Beltran (OF), Starlin Castro (SS), Brian McCann (C) – It’s really tough to pick 1 or 2 out of the 3 of these guys, so we’ll go with all 3.  Beltran is hitting .341 to start with Castro and McCann hitting .333.  All are showing extra base power with Beltran and Castro at 5 apiece and McCann at 3 (in 9 games).  McCann starts to separate himself however with a 1.011 OPS in comparison to Beltran at .967 and Castro at .925

Masahiro Tanaka, SP – a 3.06 ERA isn’t setting the world on fire (but see the other starters below), however it is leading the Yankee starters as is average against at .200 and WHIP of 1.02.

Not
Alex Rodriguez, DH – ARod does have 2 homers, however has collected just 4 hits and 13 strikeouts, while hitting .118

Starting Pitchers Not Named Tanaka – The other 4 starters (C.C. Sabathia, Luis Severino, Michael Pindea, and Nathan Eovaldi) have combined to go 2-5 with a combined 6.34 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 8 starts.

Tampa Bay Rays
Hot
Steven Souza Jr., OF – If I had to pick a “hot” Rays hitter, it would have to be Souza Jr., however he did most of his damage against the Blue Jays the first series of the season.  That said, he is leading the team in average (.294) and OPS (.922)

Jake Odorizzi, SP – Odorizzi may be 0-1, however it is due more to the teams lack of offense then it is to his pitching, as Jake has a 2.41 ERA in 3 starts, with a .243 average against, 1.07 WHIP, and 20 K’s

Matt Moore, SP – Moore is in a similar boat as Odorizzi, but is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 3 starts with a .217 average against, 0.98 WHIP, and 21 K’s

Not
Kevin Kiermaier, OF – Well he may field like Mays, but he hits like sh*%.  Ok, maybe a little harsh, but Keirmaier is hitting .172 with a .521 OPS in 29 AB’s

Chris Archer, SP – This is a crazy start for the very talented Archer, who is 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA in 3 starts (5 HR allowed!), where hitters are batting .328 against, contributing to a 1.96 WHIP.  Archer does have 23 K’s

Toronto Blue Jays
Hot
The Big 3 (Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista) – have started out as expected with Donaldson and EE both hitting .309, all are jacking home runs (Donaldson 5, Bautista 3, EE 2), and driving in runs (Donaldson 13, Bautista 10, EE 9)

Aaron Sanchez, SP – Sanchez won a rotation spot in the spring (had pitched out of the pen) and has not disappointed with a 1-0 record, 1.35 ERA in 3 starts, and .145 average against, to go with a 0.85 WHIP and 20 K’s

J.A. Happ, SP – Happ is throwing that best he has in some time going 2-0 in his first 3 starts, along with a 1.89 ERA, .257 average against, 1.21 WHIP, and 12 K’s

Not
Troy Tulowitzki, SS – Troy got off to a slow start when he was traded to Toronto last year and is off to another slow start this year, hitting .140 with 7 hits in 50 at bats and 17 strike outs

Russell Martin, C – Martin is right up there (or down there) with Tulo, as Martin is hitting .146 with 6 hits (no XBH) in 41 at bats and 18 K’s to go with a .346 OPS

R.A. Dickey, SP – The knuckleballer is struggling early on for Toronto, as Dickey has a 6.75 ERA, .313 average against, and 1.91 WHIP

Next: National League Central

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