Tuesday, April 20, 2010

During the past week or so I have been plagued by tremndous headaches. After seeing the doctor twice, and then being redirected to the dentist it has been decided that my wisdom teeth are responsible for these headaches. I however disagree, I think it has been the horrific play of my beloved Red Sox. With injuries to both Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury the Sox outfield has been stretched remarkably thin. Just today it has been discovered that Cameron has been diagnosed with an abdominal tear and has been placed on the DL. This will actually help the Sox as they have called up outfielder Josh Reddick from the minors. This will be a huge help as utitility man Bill Hall has been playing center in the absence of Ellsbury and Cameron. While Hall has played in the outfield in the past, he is primarily an infielder. It showed the other day, as he misplayed a ball off the wall in the Sox loss to the Rays. While Reddick's defense will surely be an improvement, the Red Sox cannot expect much in the form of offensive production. Reddick is hitting a lowly .179 in AAA. Another giant headache for the Red Sox has been what to do with David Ortiz. The once feared slugger seems to be washed up. Manager Terry Francona has stuck with Ortiz through his slow start, but when will that stop? The Red Sox have plenty of problems. Many of which can be worked out internally. They hope to begin to right the ship tonight as they take on the Texas Rangers at home tonight at 7:10.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

With the season a few weeks in there have been several fantasy surprises thus far. As I previously mentioned in my last post, Jon Lester has started the season with horrific numbers. That continued today as Lester yet again got rocked, this time by a very good Tampa Bay Rays team. Lester's line: 6IP 7 earned 3 BB 5 K and 2 HR allowed. This raises Lester's ERA to a whopping 8.44. These numbers are sure to send many fantasy owners panicking as many vie Lester as a front of the line guy. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Brad Penny, After starting last season poorly, Penny has come out of the gate hot this season. In 2 starts Penny has only yielded 1 ER en route to a 1-0 record thus far. If Penny continues pitching this well expect a large number of wins, as Penny pitches for a very good Cardinals team. The one area you cannot count on from Penny are K's Through the first 2 games, Penny has only tallied 8 outs way of the K. Offensively Brave's second baseman Martin Prado is off to a torrid start. Prado leads the league with a .442 average so far on the young season. He has already compiled 7 multi-hit games. Today Prado went 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored, but will be mostly be remembered for this collision with the second base umpire.

Cardinals pitcher Brad Penny, who was a big question mark coming into the season, has pitched excellent in his first two starts.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

With the season a mere two weeks old and most team having just 7 games under their belts some statements can be made about how they look thus far. This small sample size however, may not reflect on the season's end.

Slow starters: The Boston Red Sox have come out of the gate slowly. For a team that was expected to struggle offensively, the main concern from them thus far has been there erratic starting pitching. Lefty Jon Lester, who I earlier predicted as a Cy Young favorite, has started of with an 0-1 record with a 7.20 ERA. Other slow starters include the Mariners and the Dodgers.

Hot out of the gate: No team has looked as dominant thus far as the Philadelphia Phillies. With strong starting pitching as well as a fluid offense and solid defense, the Phillies are off to their best start in recent memory at 6-1. Unlike the teams mentioned in slow starters, I do not expect the results to change for the Phillies. Expect them to easily win the NL East. Other teams seeing quick success include the Giants and the Tigers.