The ’Wait, what?’ All-Stars: MLB’s most surprising statistical leaders so far in 2017

The first month of the MLB season always produces a handful of odd statistics, but these things typically have ways of evening out.

Remember when Chris Shelton hit 10 homers in 25 games for the Tigers in April 2006 and then only six in his final 90 games of the season? Yeah. It happens.

Why that’s surprising: Dyson was expected to set plenty of career highs this season, his first as a full-time starter in the majors. This category is a bit surprising, though, considering the speedster had been hit by a pitch exactly nine times in 1,539 plate appearances heading into this season.

Thursday afternoon, Pillar tweeted a statement acknowledging he had used inappropriate language toward Motte.

By doing so I had just helped extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today, he wrote. I’m completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to ahve put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position.

Pillar added that he has apologized to Motte personally and extended that apology to the Braves, their fans, and the LGBTQ community.

This is not who I am and [I] will use this as an opportunity to better myself, he concluded.

Pillar and Motte’s incident wasn’t the only heated moment of the game. The very next inning, Jose Bautista flipped his bat after a homer even though Atlanta was up, 8-3. That led to the benches clearing yet again.

Emotions will be high again when the teams face off Thursday.

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