Myth vs. reality -- April edition
ESPN.com
April 29, 2012

We're three weeks into another fun-filled baseball season. And here's what we know:Matt Kemp has a chance to be pretty good. … In Justin Verlander's next commercial shoot, he'll be debuting his ...
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chulwoo1 
For Boston: About the only player who could help make this Bobby V. thing work (Pedroia) made it abundantly clear he doesn't want to. I'd say they are doomed.
120 Days ago
ImSmartherThanYou 
This is a nice companion piece to Buster Olney's "article" about how Kemp and Hamilton have legitimate chances to win the Triple Crown.
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bwheeler537 
Troll.
120 Days ago
rjonesy9 
No love for the Orioles? I know its early but the pitching is strong and timely hitting thus far has fans in Baltimore thinking a winning season!
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deacshades 
Such are the expectations of people in Baltimore for their O's: not championship, not playoffs, just get above .500.
121 Days ago
snoogins51fu 
The Giants, D-Backs, and even the Rockies will certainly have something to say about the Dodgers running away with the NL West.
121 Days ago
ninjaninjapow 
"The Red Sox already have scored in double figures five times. The entire National League West has done it once. " This is not true. Look it up. The editors for this site are entertainingly pathetic.
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snoogins51fu 
I can recall at least two games that the Rockies have scored over 15 runs. ESPN is a joke to anyone from the West Coast
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bwheeler537 
I'mSmarterThanYou, if you're trolling on a site you have no respect for, you're the joke.
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ImSmartherThanYou 
It's a joke to everyone everywhere.
121 Days ago
Havok8503 
2010 Wolrd Series win dosnt count because the Giants play in the NL West.... i hate Jayson Stark and all the hate on my division... even if i have to use a hated rival winning the series as an example of how Jayson Stark thinks.
122 Days ago
Worldchamps5433 
Red Sox were under .500 until May, and still won 90 games last year....
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STL11X 
Yet they didn't make the playoffs.
122 Days ago
ravensfan4ever28 
hey espn! guess what! BALTIMORE EXISTS TOO!
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chulwoo1 
If only the birds got some luck against the Yankees, they will be the headline, and I'm a Yankee fan.
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cusackpat 
Still, no one cares.
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deacshades 
No kidding. Not to mention the fact that the O's have beaten Toronto 5 out of 6 times already. All the same, the next two weeks are critical for the O's if they want to prove they belong. Yankees, Red Sox, Texas, Tampa, and then the Yanks again. Even though 2 of their losses were in extras to the Yankees, they still haven't beaten them. If they can get through with a .500 or better record for these games, they should feel good about their chances.
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njdpitch06 
I'm a Yankees fan but I completely agree with that...how is a 10-9 blue jays team so surprising?!?! Baltimore is definitely more surprising this season so far
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bwheeler537 
Stark doesn't say the Jay's 10-9 start is surprising. He doesn't say the Orioles are not surprising.
120 Days ago
letstalkaboutsports 
Last year the big story was how the Pirates were in first place. That lasted all of what? Two days? Sheesh, you guys act like its September already.
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deacshades 
Yes, what happened to those Pirates? They were in first place in July if I remember correctly, lost a contentious game to someone...I can't remember who...and then proceeded to collapse in epic manner. Of course, no one remembers that because of the later epic collapse of the team that beat them. Karma's a b*t*h.
121 Days ago
juni0111 
They said every team is a reality... there still only twenty games in
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slobis 
As usual the dopes at ESPN seem not to realize that there is a professional baseball team in BALTIMORE!!!!!
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corpsman2919 
I think everyone is in a state of shock and disbelief that they're in first place! but congrats to them I hope they keep it up i hate the Yanks and sox i want the little guys to win
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RedSoxFan4ever61 
These writer are just cranking out the BS. Boston's early woes against good teams had more to do with them not playing good baseball. They can hit with anyone and their pitching is better than they get credit for. They started bad end of story. Next go around with those same teams Tigers, Yankees, Rangers will be much better. If you haven't noticed all those teams except the Rangers are right around .500 with Boston and we're only 3 weeks into the season.
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benselph1 
get real the 6 game winning streak against the twins and white sox must be making you red sox fans delusional, the yankees will struggle, the the tigers and rangers are just plain better than the red sox are, and the rays i won;t be surprised if the rays sweep the red sox next time they play each other. Red Sox can hit yes, but the pitcher while the pitchers are good, just isn;t good enough, the Bull Pen ios terrible still, and the starting pitching will have to be like the Rays last year and go 8 innings every night, or the red sox are toast unless they drop 18 runs before that point
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SoxFanSince61 
6 wins in a row .. 1 less loss than the Yankees .. 2 fewer loses than the Rays .. Only April 28 Gee, good call Stark!
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RedSoxFan4ever61 
Yea I think having no sense at all is a requirement for ESPN staff. It's all about ratings. Bring back the old ESPN. You know the one before they went hollywood...
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Christian13117 
I hate Jason Stark hes a big time Dodgers hater he was on of the Ryan Fraud voter and now he dont believe that this Dodgers team is for reals stupid Jason Stark well you better believe this is Dodgers team is for reals and Matt Kemp where your stupid Ryan Fraud now huh Lets Go Blue!!!
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goboston82 
Let me say right now that the next person to suggest that the BALTIMORE ORIOLES are a good team this year deserves to be banished forever from these chat boards. they started even better last year and they finished with 70 wins. YES I KNOW THEY KNOCKED OUT THE SOX, but that doesn't make them a good team. if you could pick one team to lose 100 games this season, it is the O's. seriously.
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benselph1 
red sox will be in last place rewrite the history books the orioles will finish in 4th rather than 5th
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slobis 
Lemme say right now I'm pretty sure the entire rest of the country no longer cares what Sawx fans think...
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GrabYaGlockIfYouSee2pac 
I think boston has a better shot of losing a hundred games
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SoxFanSince61 
Sox will be over .500 and challenge for one of the wild card spots. O's will be under .500 like always. You know it, I know it, we all know it.
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