April baseball can play tricks on your mind. You're reminded, as your team soars or plummets out of the gate, that it's a long season. But then you recall how early success can kick-start a run to the playoffs (like last year's Orioles), or how a first-week disaster (like last year's Red Sox) can demolish high hopes.
So what can we take away from the first week of the 2013 season? Is Orioles DH Chris Davis that good? Can R.A. Dickey really be that bad? Will the Diamondbacks and Rockies fend off the Giants and Dodgers all season?
Chris Davis (.455 BA) became the fourth player to hit home runs in the first four games of a season. How does his torrid start compare with Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 0.00 ERA), who also homered on Opening Day?
Angels OF Josh Hamilton and Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey have struggled after signing big contracts. Are these performances early bumps in the road or danger signs?
Desert miracle or mirage?
The Diamondbacks and Rockies lack the Giants' big names or the Dodgers' payroll. But they're tied for the NL West lead at 5-1. How much will their early success matter?