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“The Cubs Are Done” and 4 Other Over-Reactions to MLB’s Opening Week

Whether the results of quick judgments are confined to fantasy baseball or widespread throughout the league, they are the driving force behind most analysis within the first week.

Jon Lester, MLB

MLB uniforms may soon be swapping their traditional logos for the often-used slogan of “Keep Calm and…” In fact, there is no fitting conclusion to the line. Simply, “Keep Calm” would suffice.

In defense of the snap-judgement mentality we all face in the opening week of the Major League Baseball season, it is a nearly impossible shift in our emotional state to enter a known ‘marathon’ without thinking a fast start is necessary. After all, a game in April has exactly the same value as one in September. Since Wild Card races tend to go down to the wire, it is almost unavoidable that season-long conclusions are drawn after only a few games.

Whether the results of such quick judgments are confined to fantasy baseball or widespread throughout the league, they are the driving force behind most analyses within the first week. Might everything change drastically in the blink of an eye? Of course. In fact, it is expected that nothing remains the same after one week of baseball. But, for now, over-reaction reads like gospel.

While most of these observations are likely to be proven false, here are five over-reactions to the first week of the 2015 Major League Baseball season:

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