With the first week of the new season of Major League Baseball coming to and end, lets see who really got the job done at the plate or on the mound, and played the heroes for their teams.
Who better to start off with than Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, who hit a home run on Opening Day for the fifth consecutive season. That home run makes him the first ever player to hit five consecutive Opening Day home runs before the age of 25 per MLB Stat of the Day. It may have been his only hit of the day, but it was a historical one.
Another young superstar and reigning American League MVP, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, also hit a home run on Opening Day. He reached the 500 RBI plateau in game number two. He is however, off to a bit of a slow start but still racking up five RBI in five games.
The last hitter is the second year right fielder, Nomar Mazara. He belted two home runs and tallied nine RBI for the Texas Rangers. He had six RBI in one game, four of which coming from his first career grand slam. While Mazara may be off to a hot start, the Rangers have only won one game out of the first five.
Postseason warrior Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, struck out 11 batters and surrendering no walks, in six strong innings. His only mistake was a 2-run home run hit by Arizona Diamondback center fielder, A.J. Pollock. He also performed at the plate hitting two home runs on opening night, in an effort that resulted in a no decision for Bumgarner, and a 6-5 loss for the Giants.
Brandon Finnegan, starting pitcher of the Cincinnati Reds, threw seven strong innings for a Reds team that will be looking to get off to good start after really struggling last year as a team going 68-94, finishing last in the National League Central and 35.5 games behind the reigning World Series Champion, Chicago Cubs. Finnegan struck out nine batters, giving up only one hit and walking one batter.
Rounding out this list is closing pitcher, Greg Holland. Holland is in his first season with the Colorado Rockies, was brought in through free agency this winter to really be the anchor of the bullpen. He is doing just that, collecting four saves out of four tries. Holland has also not allowed a hit in his four outings. The Rockies are off to a 5-1 start.
As the very, very young season progresses along, it will be interesting to see if players that are hot stay hot, or if players slumping can start getting back into the swing of things.