Here's a blind resume comparison between two of the very best players in baseball this year:
Player A: .389/.421/.889, 1.310 OPS, 3 HRs, 0.4 fWAR (19 PAs)
Player B: 2-0, 2.08 ERA, 1.72 FIP, 9.0 K/BB, 0.5 fWAR (13 IPs)
So, who's been better for their team so far? It doesn't matter, because they both play for the same team. In fact, it really doesn't matter, because they're both the same player.
That's just how good Shoehei Ohtani has been through the first stretch of the regular season. People were talking about his performance while the final group made the turn at Augusta on Sunday, which is more than basically any baseball player who's ever played baseball can say they've done:
Shohei Ohtani is incredible.— MLB (@MLB) April 8, 2018
The righty is perfect through 6 innings today at The Big A. 👀 pic.twitter.com/3YUZHGCisy
There are people out there who will tell you not to get excited about any player's performance a week into a 162-game season. Do not listen to them. Baseball finally has the human equivalent of when all the Power Rangers morph together. If that's not your cup of tea, I don't think you like tea.
AROUND THE NL EAST
What you should know: The Mets are 8-1. Over the weekend, they came into DC and swept the Nats for the first time since 2015. Their starters have been good - they're top-10 in most widely-accepted pitching stats - but their bullpen has been the brightest spot of their season so far. Their bullpen ranks 2nd in ERA (1.21), 7th in FIP (3.11), and 6th in K-BB% (18.7). That'll do, pig.
What you should watch: Braves @ Cubs (4/13-4/15)
The Cubs are always a big draw, the the NL East's schedule is kind of bland early on. Chicago has Yu Darvish and Jose Quintana lined up for the first two games, in case you needed any more reason to tune in. The Nats-Rockies weekend series has plenty of potential, too.
Player of the week: It's Bryce Harper and it's not really close. He's slashing .294/.556/.824 with three dingers over the last seven days. He has more homers this year than more than half of the teams in baseball. He's walking 34 percent of the time so far. The Nats stumbled out of the gate, but Harper's doing his part.