Opening weekend AL East - Early bombers & bummers
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:49 am
Opening weekend for AL East - April 3rd, 2011
Boston Red Sox got swept in 1st series at Texas as pitching gets hammered hard with ERA =
Starters: Lester 8.4, Lackey 22.1, Buchholz 5.7
Pen: Paps 9.0, Wheeler 13.5, Bard 54.0
- Some hitting from the usual suspects but bottom of lineup is stone cold. Carl Crawford demoted to 7th spot? Francona jitters?
Tampa Bay Rays got swept at home in 1st series with O's, offense hurting.
- Tampa batting only .132 and worse: Longoria placed on DL, out > 3 weeks. Empty bullpen?
Baltimore Orioles look much improved, timely hitting despite weak .222, pitching ERA = 1.0.
Toronto Blue Jays show strong hitting at .313, taking 2 of 3 from Twins.
NY Yankees take 2 of 3 from Tigers, new look fast start for Mark Teixeira.
Showing power: HRs by Teixeira in each game, Posada (2), Granderson, Arod, Martin, Cano
Pitching plus: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett (baby steps)
Pitching weakness: Phil Hughes, Bartolo Colon
Slow start hitters: Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter
- When your leading hitter is new catcher Russell Martin at .455, is that great news or a worry? Great starts by Tex, Arod, Posada, and Swisher (one game).
Surprises? Many predicted O's and Jay's to be improved and they are. Many predicted Boston to cruise and they aren't. Tidal bay Rays need to worry about division competition. Imagine Teixeira's year with the addition of a huge month.