MLB is back in full swing

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After extensive confusion and delay following an eventful lockout, MLB is back on and has been as exciting as it gets. Although it’s too early to make any conclusions about teams and players, some athletes have stood out in the league. 

Japanese rookie Seiya Suzuki has a league leading .565 On-Base percentage and 1.404 OPS (A stat that measures offensive ability) and four home runs in 12 games for the Chicago Cubs. Rockies first baseman CJ Cron has also stood out with six home runs propelling his team to a strong 8-3 start in the NL West. 

Established stars Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Shohei Ohtani are making their mark on the league with five and three HRs respectively. Ohtani had a dominant game April 20 with two hits and RBIs while pitching five perfect innings. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been a menace to batters everywhere after his perfect game through seven on April 13, posting a 130 ERA+ since. 

Team records are fluctuating regularly with over 145 games left to play but the first looks at these players and teams set the stage for the season to come.