Major League Baseball ramps up


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Major League Baseball is well underway for the season.

The MLB season is just about done with the first month. MLB posted new power rankings on Apr. 25: Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, and ranking 10th, the San Diego Padres.

The Pittsburgh Pirates (17-8) did not reach the power rankings. They wrapped up a series with the Dodgers with a 6-2 win and winning two out of the three games. Assuming they were just as enraged as Pirates fans on why they were not ranked in the top 10, sophomore Luke Brunner said, “It makes no sense why the Pirates were not in the top 10 for the power rankings. They have one of the best records in baseball.”

Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended last season for 80 games for testing positive for a banned substance, causing him to miss the rest of the 2022 season. Tatis Jr. got 33 at-bats with the El Paso Chihuahuas while preparing to return to the MLB. Tatis Jr. collected a .515 batting average, seven home runs, and 15 RBIs with a 1.802 OPS. After his return to the MLB, Tatis Jr.’s stats read as the following through 31 at bats: .226 batting average, one home run, four RBIs, and an OPS of .598. “After his time spent in El Paso, I thought Tatis would come back into the league a lot stronger than this. I think he will get the gears going soon and get those numbers up,” junior Ryan Yang said.

The Tampa Bay Rays currently have the best record in the league sitting at 21-5. The Rays currently average 6.28 runs per game, which ranks second in the league behind the Texas Rangers, averaging 6.42 runs per game. Yandy Diaz is the team’s home run leader with seven bombs, and Randy Arozarena is the team’s batting average leader, currently hitting .323, which ranks sixth in the league. Arozarena has five home runs and 24 RBIs. Arozarena is currently tied in third place in the league for RBIs and ranks first on the team in the category. Shane McClanahan, the left-handed pitcher for the Rays, is the leader for the staff with a 2.12 ERA, five wins, and 42 strikeouts through 34 innings pitched in the five starts, averaging 6.8 innings pitched per game. McClanahan is ranked 10th in the league for k/9, sitting at a pretty 11.5.

Zac Gallen on the Arizona Diamondbacks leads the staff in the same three categories with a 2.15 ERA, four wins, and 51 strikeouts through 37.2 innings pitched. Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, through six starts and 34 innings pitched. Ohtani currently carries a 1.85 ERA, ranking sixth in the league. Ohtani is also hitting .278 with six home runs through 97 at-bats. Sonny Gray of the Minnesota Twins is leading the league in ERA, with a 0.62 ERA through five starts and 29 innings pitched, allowing two earned runs with 34 strikeouts. Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees ranks second in the league with an ERA of 1.11 through six starts and 40.2 innings pitched, allowing 23 hits with 44 strikeouts, ranking fourth in the league.