This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
With teams having played anywhere from 12 to 19 games, we're roughly 10 percent of the way through the 2019 season. To get a sense for how big 10 percent really is, and how strongly we should react to what we've seen so far, here are a few relevant 10 percents throughout history:
- 10 percent of the way into the universe's lifetime, galaxies had only recently begun to form.
- 10 percent of the way into the Earth's timeline, the planet didn't have continental plates or a magnetic field.
- 10 percent of the way into the timeline of humanity, we hadn't yet left Africa.
- 10 percent of the way into the history of Rome, the Romans hadn't yet founded the Republic, let alone the Empire.
- 10 percent of the way into the history of the United States, Thomas Jefferson was about to be elected president.
- 10 percent of the way into the modern history of baseball, the likes of Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander topped the leaderboards, while Home Run Baker tied Tris Speaker for the American League home run crown with a grand total of 10.
It seems safe to say the foundations of a good or bad fantasy season can be laid down in the first 10 percent of the year, but there's still quite a while to go yet. Tim Anderson leading the league in batting average is a lot easier to contextualize when you realize that John Adams is still metaphorically president.