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 wish Albert could've been here to see this.
Baseball finally arrived last night (games @6am on the other side of the planet don’t count) in the form of Marlins/Cards.
The Cards got out early on Josh Johnson, with two in the first, and Kyle Lohse was his usual, boring, effective self on the mound, holding the Fish hitless into the seventh. Prized off-season acquisition, Jose Reyes had the honor of breaking up the no-no, and finished the night 2-4, with zero pulled hamstrings.
Fortunately, the “dancing statue” was not needed.
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.
Japan Never Happened
As baseball kicks off on U.S. soil tonight, Deadspin has gathered 30 interesting nuggets from Baseball Prospectus.
Sorry Astros fans, you’re going to suck again.
Does this contract say $200 Million? I cant believe my eyes!
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is on the verge of signing the largest contract in franchise history.
The extension is rumored to be in the $200 million dollar range.
With Matt Cain also re-upping earlier, it doesn’t seem teams are saving much money locking up their young stars early. Still, the respective fan-bases have to be thrilled to see their homegrown talent signing up long-term.
We’ll keep you updated on the final numbers.
Update: USA Today is reporting the deal is 10 yrs and 225 million. Wow.