The Yankees are overrated, the Cubs are lost and other MLB early season hot takes

Baseball is a sport that lends itself to overreactions, both in the positive and negative. Just like reviews of a new "Star Wars" movie.

The Yankees are overrated, the Cubs are lost and other MLB early season hot takes

The Yankees are overrated, the Cubs are lost and other MLB early season hot takes

Frankly, it's hard not to draw conclusions from the early season goings-on in Major League Baseball. After all, it's a long season and people still aren't quite sure when they're allowed to form arguments and panic over their team's lack of success. So let's just take it to the extreme.

Put on your oven mitts, because you're going to need them to handle these fire takes.

(Man, do I feel sleazy. I'm sorry in advance.)


Relax, Shohei Ohtani isn't the real deal


I'm going to out myself here and be 100 percent honest: I just wasn't sure that Shohei Ohtani was going to succeed at the major-league level. At least, not at this level. That said, his success won't last. Like the guy from Men's Wearhouse, I guarantee it.

Obviously, he earned the hype in Japan and that followed him over to the U.S. It's difficult to throw away the stats and accolades Ohtani earned while overseas, but success overseas doesn't always translate to MLB, especially this quickly. It's largely unseen.

Just remember, for every Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish, there's a Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kaz Matsui.

The true surprise here is Ohtani's dominance on the mound and in the hitter's box. Ohtani's posted a 2.08 ERA (1.75 FIP — fire emojis here) and a 0.462 WHIP in 13 innings pitched, and he's matched that at the plate: In 30 at-bats, he's put up a .367 average with three bombs and a 1.191 OPS. Ask yourself this question: Do you really believe that's sustainable?

FOSTER: Well, on the other hand…

After all, his two starts came against the second-to-last place A's. His first real test comes Tuesday against the Red Sox, so we'll see.

This kind of success on both sides of the ball is not only unheard of, but it's impossible over a 162-game season. Is Ohtani good at baseball? Maybe. But is he historically good? Absolutely not. At some point, he's going to hit the wall like the side of a tree on the forest moon of Endor.

See through the smoke and mirrors. This won't last. You know it. I know it.


This is what the Cubs are — accept it


While we're less than two years removed from the Cubs ending their World Series drought, it's starting to feel like it's been 108 years.

While 2017's early season woes can be attributed — and even forgiven — to a World Series victory hangover, the Cubs have done nothing to answer questions that need to be answered early in 2018. Their rotation is bad; only Kyle Hendricks has a sub-4.40 ERA. Meanwhile, Yu Darvish hasn't been good, pitching to a 6.00 ERA (5.19 FIP), adding another question mark to the staff. Can Darvish figure it out over the next five months? I'm not sure. Just doesn't seem like enough time.

Kyle Schwarber put up 30 bombs last year and somehow managed to put up a 0.0 bWAR and an OPS+ of 98 in 2017. While he's off to a better start in 2018, the jury is still out on him. Does anybody really know what Kyle Schwarber is as a ballplayer?

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It's a good thing the Cubs had a great finish in 2017, going 49-25 in the second half and finally looking like the team they were supposed to be for the next decade. If not, fans would be calling for heads to roll and begging for trades (if we're not there already).

This is it — the end of the Cubs "dynasty," and it's going out with a bigger thud than the latest Nickelback album. If they keep this up, they could be sellers at the deadline.


The Yankees are extremely overrated


Putting up 12 runs against the Marlins is like winning a game of Scrabble against a newborn. Sorry, Marlins. Everyone knows this is what you are. It's OK. It'll all be over soon.

And for my next trick, I'm going to entirely discredit what the Yankees are this year.

Giancarlo Stanton has done nothing so far in pinstripes: Two of his three home runs came on Opening Day and he hasn't hit since. He has 25 strikeouts in 59 at-bats and a sub-.800 OPS. Think the Yankees regret the trade yet? We're already into mid-April, so some big-time doubts are starting to float around as to whether he will be able to figure it out this season. Not like his resume is that stunning, either.

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Then there's the "greatest bullpen of all time," which couldn't stop a Little League team from scoring a run right now. Throw out the fact that it was among the best bullpens in MLB last season — even though four of their relievers currently rank inside the top 25 in MLB in average velocity.

Then there's manager Aaron Boone, who Yankees fans already want gone, and with good reason: He's steered them to an 8-7 record after 2 1/2 weeks of play. A .500 record over that span definitely has never, ever happened in the history of Yankees championship-winning seasons. Definitely not. Don't even think about it. It has never happened. … Ever.

Time is running out in the Yankees' season to be able to figure this all out — 147 games just may not be enough.


The Mets won't be able to recover


The Mets were probably feeling a lot like Marv in "Home Alone 2" — they've reached the top. Now, it looks like they're going to fall into a pit just like Marv did.

Much like Macaulay in that second installment, the Amazins' are about to be lost in New York. Their franchise-best start will be flushed down the toilet, as their latest loss — an 8-6 loss to the Nationals after blowing a 6-1 eighth-inning lead — will set them on an irreversible course, one that they will not be able to figure out over the next five-plus months' worth of games. They may never win again, if we're being honest.

The question surrounding the Mets has never been the talent, but the health of the team. And until they prove they can stay healthy — something they've struggled with early in the season — they can't be taken seriously as a contender. Record be damned. Dominance of division opponents more so.

Does it really matter that their Five Ace rotation is performing up to somewhat lofty expectations? No. Because these are the Mets, and everyone knows that Citi Field was built on a sacred burial ground, so they will be cursed forever.


The Astros will crash back to reality


If Astros fans haven't heard this song before, maybe they should: It's about to play on a loop.

It's fitting that the Minute Maid Park roof was open Sunday night so Astros fans could get a good look at the sky falling in Houston. Bartolo Colon nearly pitched a perfect game, silencing the daunting Astros' offense en route to a 3-1 Rangers win.

Then, on Monday, the Astros scored a single run against the second-place Mariners, losing 2-1. That's right: the second-place Mariners. If that's not a sign of the end times, I'm not sure what is.

The World Series hangover is legitimate. The Astros, 4-6 in their past 10, will hover around .500 the rest of the year, as their lineup under-performs. Recently acquired rotation stud Gerrit Cole will come crashing back down to Earth with the rest of the team.

Their offense — currently middle of the pack in the American League — has no shot to rebound this season, even with reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve and World Series MVP George Springer. Why even bother showing up to the ballpark?

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