This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
While wondering where THAT was the last three years from Kobe Bryant, let's talk some baseball…
As I type this, Jeremy Hazelbaker (.526) and Tyler White (.520) lead the NL and AL respectively in batting average, so yes, it's early, but I'm still worried about a few guys. Players like Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton are racking up the strikeouts, Ian Desmond is batting .107 (all singles), and Zack Greinke is 0-2. I'm not worried about Greinke, but the aforementioned hitters are striking out at levels that give me pause. Instead of focusing on those guys, let's look at a handful of players who could eventually benefit from either injuries or teammates off to slow starts:
Lucas Giolito (SP-WAS) – Giolito tossed four scoreless innings in his opening start for Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday, allowing one hit, three walks and four strikeouts. The walks aren't a huge concern, as Giolito had a 2.8 BB/9 in the minors last year, so we'll give him a pass. Giolito was lifted after just 59 pitches after recording a career-high 117 innings last season, so perhaps the Nationals are saving some of his bullets for the big leagues later this year. With that in mind, June would probably be the latest we'd see him, but if Tanner Roark's struggles continue, Giolito could be brought up earlier than planned. Edit: Of course a few hours after writing this, Roark goes out and tosses seven shutout innings in a win over Atlanta.
Max Kepler (OF-MIN)