Because of my new schedule and hours being at a Middle School this year instead of a High School, I won't be able to do these this season frequently; however, given that I'm enjoying my Spring Break right now, you're welcome wrs
News, Notes, & Nonsense... - Brett Lawrie started 0/6 in yesterday's 16 inning extravaganza. If he pulls that crap again today I'm trading him for whoever goes 3/4 - Jose Bautista belted his first HR of what should be 40+ this season - Matt Kemp showed some of why he was taken in the Top 3 of almost every draft - Justin Masterson, Ryan Dempster, and Justin Verlander all threw gems, and had their bullpens destroy their chances to earn a single Win between them - Blown Saves galore! Jose Valverde, the Melancon/Aceves duo, Chris Perez, nearly Brad Lidge... but not Frank Francisco - Sergio Santos wasn't ready when called upon to close in the bottom of the 16th in Cleveland, so he came in for the final 2 outs and did not record a SV. His owners (me) are furious. - Today's my brother's 33rd birthday... hooray - Javy Guerra recorded his first SV of the season while Kenley Jensen didn't look good -- Guerra to hold the job all year - I was suckered into spending $179 on the MLB Extra Innings package yet again this year... I'm a fool - Please feel free to add your own nonsense
Today's Matchups... John Danks (L) @ Colby Lewis (R) (-180)
Carl Pavano (R) @ Jake Arrieta (R) (-135) - May be the first and last time Jake Arrieta isn't an underdog ever... apparently Vegas doesn't think much of the Twins
C.C. Sabathia (L) (-125) @ James Shields (R)
Jamie Garcia (L) @ Yovani Gallardo (R) (-125)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (-125) @ Wandy Rodriguez (L) - Jake Arrieta comment applies here for Guthrie too
Tim Lincecum (R) @ Ian Kennedy (R) (-115) - Very interesting seeing Timmy be a dog to Kennedy... I was shocked
Chad Billingsley (R) @ Cory Luebke (L) (-140) - Thrilled to watch this game to see how Luebke looks today
Bruce Chen (L) @ Jered Weaver (R) (-220)
Jason Vargas (L) @ Brandon McCarthy (R) (-150) - Japan 2.0 -- Same result
There were errors yesterday, and that's to be expected this early. However, did anyone else see Raja Davis pop up a bunt yesterday toward third base, and then just stand at home plate and watch while the ball fell and the indians turn a double play. I guess he missed that little league lesson about hustling to 1st base every time.
Another note on last night's games: Johan Santana did well but fastball velocity was under 88 MPH. For a pitcher that relies so heavily on a fastball/changeup combination, that's not so promising. The change-up isn't likely to fool many people when they don't need to worry about catching up to his fastball.