Through the first two weeks of the 2022 Mexican Baseball League season, the Tecoletes Dos Laredos and Toros de Tijuana sit atop of the LMB standings with a 7-3 record.
10 games into the season, the Laredos have a +18 run differential, while the Bulls lead the league in run differential, outscoring their opponents 103-56, averaging 10.3 a remarkable runs per game.
The 7-3 Laredos are 6-0 at home, compared to 1-3 on the road. On the contrary, the Bulls have played four home games, compiling a 2-2 record, though they have excelled on the road, gathering a 5-1 record away from the Estadio Chevron.
Through 10 contests, the Laredos as a team has posted a .300/.398/.449 slash line. Through 317 at-bats, the Laredos have blasted 12 home runs, averaging a home run roughly every 26th at-bat. The Laredo’s 12 home runs are tied for 11th most in the 16-team league.
Arguably the most significant player for the Laredos in the early going is Balbino Fuenmayor, who’s smashed three home runs, and driven in 12 runs while recording a .450 batting average.
As for the Bulls, the club has slashed .309/.421/.569 through their first 10 games. 346 at-bats, the Bulls have amassed 24 home runs, going yard approximately every 14th at-bat.
The Tijuana Bulls are led by Felix Perez, who has recorded seven home runs and 21 RBIs while slashing .333/.438/.949 in the club’s first 10 games. What’s more impressive is Perez’s patience at the plate, collecting seven walks to just five strikeouts.
Looking at the base of the standings sit the Algodoneros de Unión Laguna, who have recorded a league-worst 3-7 record through the first two weeks of the season. Despite owning the league’s worst record, Laguna appears to be in better shape than their current record, illustrated by their -19 run differential, which is better than both the Aguascalientes (-25) and Leon (-19).
Laguna has also played more road games (1-6 record) than any other team and is tied for the lowest number of home games played (2-1 record). Additionally, Laguna has totaled 12 home runs, tied with the Laredos, who is tied for the league’s best record, and has recorded a higher batting average (.292) than five other teams.
It’s important to note that we are through the season’s first two weeks, with each club having roughly 80 games left to play. Suffice to say, it’s much too early to predict which clubs will emerge as the team to beat in the 2022 LMB season.