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Opening weekend AL East - Early bombers & bummers

Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:49 am

Opening weekend for AL East  -  April 3rd, 2011

Early Bummers:

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
   Team 9.8
- 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?

Early Bombers:

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. 

Category: MLB

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:39 am

Opening weekend AL East - Early bombers & bummers

Update on an former Yankee, Blue Jay and Red Sox pitcher suffering with a forked tongue:

Judge orders Clemens to maintain media silence       
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Update:  Clemens' lawyers and family were greatly relieved by the ruling as it provides his extensive medical staff much needed time to try to extract his foot from his mouth while, at the same time, attempting to extinguish the fire burning in his pants for the last 13 years, overshadowed up to now by the expanding growth of his nose.

Another Update;   In the story, Roger Clemens also revealed "that he no longer talks to Andy Pettitte, his former teammate and friend...".  A church elder where Pettitte worships said "It's clearly a miracle in our time.  Our prayers have been answered.  The entire congregation is joyous and astounded but none more so than Andy.  I know the smell of sulfur was really getting to him."

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