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Unexpected results coming from two teams

By: Amelia Parreira

While some Major League baseball teams came into the 2016 season as successfully as expected, others have taken a surprising leap in the rankings. Here are two teams that have come out of the shadows and into the spotlight so far this season.

Baltimore Orioles (8-3, First in American League East)

Mark Trumbo leads the AL in batting average early in the season but is just one of many powerful home run hitters in Baltimore.

Mark Trumbo leads the AL in batting average early in the season but is just one of many powerful home run hitters in Baltimore.

After Orioles pitchers showed some of the worst ERAs of 2015, many picked them as a lock to finish last in the tough AL East, but they just might want to rethink that decision after the Orioles start.

Baltimore already had some extraordinary hitters and acquired even more during the offseason, trading powerful offensive players like Mark Trumbo. Trumbo has already proven his worth to the Orioles in his short time with the team, smashing out three home runs already, two in two days. In Saturday’s game against the Rangers, Trumbo hit two home runs in the same inning. Altogether the Orioles scored nine runs in that inning, going from a 1-5 deficit to a 10-5 lead.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy was injured most of last season, but now he has come back and has proven to once again be one of the most powerful short stops in the league. Hardy hit two two-run home runs in a single game against the Boston Red Sox. With all of the team’s batters, they can make up for whatever pitching woes they might have, which have not shown so far either.

The bullpen of Zach Britton, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach might be one of the best in the league but with Ubaldo Jimenez, Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo and Vance Worley all exceeding expectations in the starting rotation the Orioles will continue to rack up wins.

Cincinnati Reds (6-6, Fourth in National League Central)

With Jay Bruce hitting the ball as hard and as far as he has been, the Reds are going to be able to exceed expectations.

With Jay Bruce hitting the ball as hard and as far as he has been, the Reds are going to be able to exceed expectations.

After getting rid of star pitchers like Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, the Reds have once again become known as one of the worst teams in baseball. But, though it is still too soon to completely tell, they may have turned it upside down this season.

After a loss against the St. Louis Cardinals sent them down to fourth place in the NL Central division, the Reds still have a good shot at pulling ahead again. They won the first five of their six games and have built up a lot of potential since last season.

Though some of the Reds’ past star hitters haven’t been up to par as much these past couple weeks, others have stepped up to excel on offense.

One of the biggest run contributors is third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who scored four home runs in a single week and so far has a 0.326 batting average.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips has brought in five runs so far this season and has a batting average of .303. Right fielder Jay Bruce is also batting over .300, already slugging out three home runs and 13 hits overall. Together, Phillips and Bruce are a dream team.

Right now the Reds’ pitchers have the third best ERAs in the league. The majority of starters have so far allowed no more than two runs per start, which will definitely pay off in the long run if offense keeps taking further steps ahead. This year’s bullpen is also pretty phenomenal, going 16 total innings with no runs given up.

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