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Outside The Confines: A look back at April

Quite the surprising first month of the year

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Well, we’ve made it through the first month of baseball, and I think it’s safe to say no one expected a lot of the results we’re seeing in early day. Okay, we all probably saw the red-hot rivalry of the Padres and Dodgers, but there have been quite a few surprises in the mix as well.

Look at the AL East, where experts predicted the Yankees would easily lead the pack, and right now it’s the Red Sox by three games, while the Yankees and Orioles are tied for last in the division.

Or the AL Central, where it’s the Kansas City Royals who currently have the best record in baseball? In the AL East, the A’s are at the top after a 13-game winning streak, but it’s the Mariners right on their tail, surprising many.

And what about the NL? All those Mets offseason moves, and it’s the Phillies leading the NL East, while the Brewers of all teams lead the Central (but the Pirates being in third place might be the biggest shocker there).

And the most surprising in the NL? That while that Dodgers/Padres rivalry has been a blast to watch, it’s the Giants who are quietly leading the division.

Isn’t baseball fun?

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.