Coming into the MLB season, everyone knew that someone was going to surprise; the question was who. Here are three teams who have surprised in the early stages in 2020.
The Orioles had the worst record in baseball in 2018 and the second-worst in 2019. In 2020 they’ve been … strange. They swept the world series contender Rays, got swept by the Marlins, and then manhandled the defending world series champions, in the Nationals. The Orioles make no sense. That said they have played well. They have only had one game in which they were uncompetitive and one game where they lost it because of poor execution. The Orioles have looked decent in 2020, but the key will be to see how long they are continuing this level of play.
Before COVID-19 came along, the sports world was focused on the Astros cheating scandal. There have been a couple of altercations so far, but the Astros 2020 story is their record. They are a dismal 6-9. Jose Altuve has a batting average of .177 and he has struggled defensively. It’s only been a couple of weeks but the Astros are scuffling. They are better than their record (and no, their lack of cheating is not the cause for their record), and they should turn it around soon.
The Marlins shouldn’t be on this list. Yet I put them here because what they’ve done is impressive. After having about a week off due to COVID cases the Marlins redid their roster and went into Baltimore and swept the Orioles. Yes, the Orioles aren’t great and likely not even good, but the fact remains that a team playing the backups of its backups, walked into Baltimore after not playing for a week, and recorded a four-game sweep. The Marlins proceed to lose two of three to the Mets. The Marlins aren’t for real, but their feat remains impressive.