If you give me a year and half between starts, I'm effective
In his first start since September 2010, Johan Santana, pitched five innings of two-hit ball, and the Mets beat the Braves 1-0.
David Wright drove in the only run of the day, and the Mets revamped bullpen strung together four shutout innings.
It wasn’t all good news for the Mets, as they saw their starting center fielder, Andres Torres, leave the game with a calf strain. Since most Mets fans didn’t know Andres Torres was the starting center fielder, the injury didn’t seem to dampen the mood at the stadium.
Welcome to the O.K. Corral, Pittsburgh
Well, it didn’t take long for Doc Halladay to get into mid-season form.
The big righty mowed down the Pirates today, going eight easy innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and no earnies. He threw in five K’s for the hell of it.
That man is ice-cold.
I told you to sit still, old man.
Opening night would’ve been a complete success if it hadn’t been derailed off the bat, by the depressing sight of frail and enfeebled Muhammad Ali appearance for the first pitch. The Champ shook violently throughout the ceremony, and the stunned crowd could barely bring themselves to cheer.
Jeffrey Loria has shown himself to be a ruthless profiteer many times over, but the selection of Ali was poorly thought out, at best, and totally shameless at worst. Of course it take’s two to tango. Ali’s people could’ve easily said ‘no’ to the request. It makes you wonder who’s calling the shots in his camp.
Either way, it was an upsetting way to restart baseball, as well as the Marlins franchise.
Rumors are swirling that second baseman Ian Kinsler is negotiating a 6-year deal with the Texas Rangers. According to Ken Ronsethal, it is for a slightly higher average annual salary than Dan Uggla’s $12.4 million per season. That would make the contract an estimated 6 years and $80 million.
The one hold up is that Kinsler is apparently worried that Cano’s deal with the Yankees will be much higher than the $14 million per year that’s on the table from the Rangers.
Cano is likely to get at least $18 million per year but, considering Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s long-standing policy of letting his players hit free-agency, Kinsler might have to wait two years to find out.
I'll open my eyes when the season is over
Opening Day is about hopes and dreams. A time where all fans can, at least for a day, dream big.
Except maybe Baltimore Oriole fans. Yahoo sports is reporting that the Orioles lost their final spring tune up game to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota chapter. Yes that’s a community college.
Good luck to the rest of the 29 teams out there.
I'll "smoke em" in the ninth
With Andrew Bailey on the shelf for what could be 4-5 months, the Sox needed someone to step into the closer roll.
Bobby Valentine announced today that that man would be Alfredo Aceves.
It’s an interesting call considering two factors: One, Mark Melancon has experience in the role, racking up 20 saves for the Astros last year. Two, Aceves proved to be a valuable swingman last season. He provided several valuable spot starts, as well as often acting as a one-man bridge from starter to closer.
Aceves may be the right call, but with people already questioning Bobby V’s judgement in general, you have to wonder if playing it safe with Melancon was the better call.