2015 MLB Season


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Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs watches from the dugout during the spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Cubs Park on February 27, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona (Christian Petersen/Getty Images).

In April, fans finally begin to flock to their favorite team’s stadium and buy tickets. Baseball season is here, and to baseball fans, there has never been a longer five months than this past offseason.

After a flurry of offseason moves, many fans don’t know what to expect. There are still many moves to come as well. As Rolling Stone journalist Rob Sheffield once said, “Baseball’s opening day is full of time-honored traditions: the President throws out the first ball, the Cubs’ starting pitcher walks away with a 54.00 ERA, the Royals get mathematically eliminated from the pennant race.”

Many are skeptical of the 2015 Royals after losing the World Series to the Giants and losing their ace, James Shields. Shields was a free agent entering last offseason and signed with the Padres.

The Padres have great expectations for this season after completely reinventing their outfield including the major additions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Will Myers. However, the Padres have actually had a less than steady start, shown by their .500 record.

Two former Cy Young award winners, Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber, have also had poor starts to their seasons. Both have ERA’s over 4.00 and losing records. Fortunately, both of these pitchers are accustomed to starting the season slow, as shown by their similar statistics last April and May.

One of the biggest surprises of the season so far is the Houston Astros. The Astros have one of the best records in baseball and are a team that many predicted wouldn’t even win 80 games. When asked about his team, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said, “[We] are going to have a winning record this year. I’ll go on record as saying that. I believe this is a winning team, and I think this is the beginning of many years of winning teams.”

Overall, this season has experienced many surprises so far. Luckily for baseball fans, there are still almost five more months to come.