MLB had started! Whether you know this or not (because you had been on a vacation in Alaska or went to another planet) it’s hard to keep that people are getting really excited on the season and many people are already doing MLB betting. The excitement are bursting as surprise hot starters came up in the field. But can they keep it up or maintain their performance? Usually, hate hot starters as they always goes down in the middle of the season (when you’re on top, there’s no way but to go down) but today, I’m giving my honest opinion on the hot starters in this year’s MLB season.
5. Kyle Lohse, SP, St. Louis Cardinals – Prediction: Hot to Ok
It looked like a bad thing when the Cardinals were forced to use Kyle Lohse as their Opening Day starter, but he’s been much, much better than advertised so far this season. Lohse finally lost a game on Friday against the Houston Astros, but his record stands strong at 4-1, and he has a 2.11 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.
He’s doing as well as he is mainly because he’s faced some pretty weak lineups. He opened the season against an out-of-whack Miami Marlins team, logged consecutive starts against an out-of-whack Cincinnati Reds team, and then he faced the weak-hitting lineups of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.
Barry Zito, SP, San Francisco Giants – Prediction: Hot to Ok
You can’t help but root for Barry Zito, as it’s just no fun to watch him struggle knowing how much pressure there is on him to live up to his contract. Zito hasn’t struggled this year. On the contrary, he’s been very good. Even after losing in Los Angeles on Monday night, he has a 2.21 ERA and a somewhat respectable 1.25 WHIP.
This is not going to last. Zito is getting by with a 4.42 K/9 and a 4.17 BB/9, and there’s simply no way he’s going to maintain a .209 BAA with his stuff. Hitters are going to start teeing off on him eventually. Zito is the same pitcher now as he was back then, maybe even a little worse. It’s just a matter of time before his numbers reflect that reality.
Ryan Sweeney, OF, Boston Red Sox – Prediction: Very Hot to Ok
Ryan Sweeney was viewed as a throw-in when the Boston Red Sox acquired Andrew Bailey from the Oakland Athletics. But entering play on Tuesday, Sweeney ranks fourth in the American League with a .368 batting average. Naturally, all these line drives have led to a a .457 BABIP, a figure that ranks second in the majors behind Bryan LaHair among qualified hitters. Sweeney has…