The major-league season is one-third of the way home, which in some instances is enough of a sampling to determine which players are for real, which teams are for real and which teams need to shake things up.
But the one-third mark, in some cases, isn’t enough of a sampling to give up on players or teams.
Some clubs, though, have already determined that their seasons are in need of a makeover.
Arizona circled with wagons after its miserable start and hired Tony La Russa as grand poobah over all things baseball.
The New York Mets and Kansas City Royals turned their frustration against hitting coaches Dave Hudgens, who was fired, and Pedro Grifol, who as reassigned to catching instructor.
Being a hitting coach on a struggling team is the equivalent of that cute babe in horror flicks that wanders off into the woods. Both are the first to go.
(Calls for the head of Dave Magadan, by the way, have dropped considerably during the Texas Rangers’ offense-heavy road trip.)
So, here’s what to believe, what not to believe, and what is hard to believe.
Don’t believe it
Can’t believe it