April 9, 2011
Atlanta Braves 10
Philadelphia Phillies 2
Shane Victorino was the star of the day going 4-5, scoring two runs, knocking another one in while swiping a bag too. Atlanta’s bullpen was uncharacteristically beaten to pieces, don’t expect that to become a trend.
New York Yankees 9
Boston Red Sox 4
Not the winning streak Boston was hoping to start,
Clay Buchholz was knocked around and Boston never recovered.
Russell Martin built on his hot start while Teixeira quietly regresses into his April swoon that he made us temporarily forget about after the power hitting start.
Kansas City Royals 3
Detroit Tigers 1
Don’t let the names on the back of their jersey’s fool you, this truly was a pitching duel.
Bruce Chen has done this before and then transformed back into the guy he is, an end of the rotation starter that belongs in middle relief who piles up the runs as quickly as he does strikeouts. However,
Phil Coke will be one to monitor, he was even better than the stats indicate, he just didn’t get the calls on the outer edge of the plate.
Chicago White Sox 4
Tampa Bay Rays 2
The beneficiary from
Manny Ramirez quitting?
Sam Fuld…who? It doesn’t matter, he steals bases and it’s someone on Tampa Bay with a pulse.
Gordon Beckham is even finding ways to make his owners happy on days when his bat’s not completely alive, don’t expect base stealing to become a trend.
Baltimore Orioles 5
Texas Rangers 0
Zach Britton is going to do things like this against a monster lineup like Texas then maybe he can survive the AL East, the GB:FB ratio is one to write home about.
Texas Rangers 13
Baltimore Orioles 1
I guess the Orioles thought they were only playing one game today,
Arrieta has a tendency to give up hits in bunches; too much leash from
Buck Showalter before he was pulled. Game, set, match before inning #3 ended.
Florida Marlins 7
Houston Astros 5
No Hanley, no problem. The unheralded
Logan Morrison, and
Greg Dobbs stepped up admirably.
Colorado Rockies 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Huston Street tossed 27 pitches the day before, so while
Lindstrom’s save is of the ‘nothing to see here variety’ it is nice to know who the plan B is in Colorado for when (not if) Street breaks.
Milwaukee Brewers 6
Chicago Cubs 0
The Cubs lineup did what they’re going to be susceptible to doing this year, go cold in a barrage of strikeouts, but it’d be unfair to take that away from
Chris Narveson’s performance. He isn’t an everyday guy, but he’s one to watch for whne he’s hot…like right now.
New York Mets 8
Washington Nationals 4
Carlos Beltran didhis best impersonation of him three years ago with a couple of moon shots, which proved to be the difference.
Oakland Athletics 1
Minnesota Twins 0
If the A’s are going to keep pace in the division they are going to need a lot of wins like this one,
Gio Gonzalez is showing that his big Spring was no fluke.
Cincinnati Reds 6
Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Tough to win games when you leave 18 men on base, the Diamondbacks problems with runners in scoring position continue.
Los Angeles Dodgers 4
San Diego Padres 0
Matt Kemp’s head is clear of Torre and Rhianna he is showing the breakout we all expected last year,
Hiroki Kuroda was arguably the most under rated pitcher this April and he showed why today.
Los Angeles Angels 6
Toronto Blue Jays 5
It was just one inning, but tossing your starter out there for the 14th inning two days before his next scheduled start has never been good in my book.
Dan Haren owners, beware, especially as the hot hitting Indians come to town tonight.
Cleveland Indians 2
Seattle Mariners 1
While his first start was encouraging,
Justin Masterson did what he always does against the White Sox – gets pounded by the couple of lefties and takes care of the guys on the other side of the plate. While it was the Mariners, it must be noted that Masterson made lefties look silly all night long in this one. If he figures out southpaws he has the stuff to be a future ace. Upside!
San Francisco Giants 3
St. Louis Cardinals 2
Ryan Franklin beatings continue,
LaRussa’s going to give him a leash longer than he should but Franklin has the stuff (or lack thereof) to even break that leash.