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3 to watch: The 'In trouble already?' edition

Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:05 am
 
The headline in the New York Daily News reads, "Mets may have to call Bobby," as in Valentine. The Baltimore Sun says, "Listless Orioles lose 7th straight" and "Too early to panic?"

The season isn't even two weeks old. On this day a year ago, the Angels were in last place (as they are today). And the Blue Jays were in first place (as they are today).

With those thoughts in mind, here's the weekend edition of 3 to watch, focusing on teams with trouble (and maybe teams in trouble):

1. When Johan Santana lost to Livan Hernandez last Sunday, Jerry Manuel called his Mets "unprepared," setting off the latest frenzy about his future as manager. So imagine what happens if Santana loses to 23-year-old Jaime Garcia, in Mets at Cardinals, Saturday afternoon (3:10 EDT) at Busch Stadium.  One thing to watch: While Santana is undoubtedly the Mets ace and sole dependable starter, scouts say he isn't the pitcher he once was. The velocity on the fastball just hasn't been there. "If you took away the [uniform] number, he looks like just another pitcher," one scout said after watching Santana last week.

2. The Orioles had signs of trouble in spring training, when Brian Roberts got hurt, closer Mike Gonzalez looked terrible and observers complained that too few of the Oriole players approached the game with a professional attitude. Now both Roberts and Gonzalez are on the disabled list, the O's have one win, and general manager Andy MacPhail is answering questions about manager Dave Trembley's future. One scout who spent last week in Baltimore came away convinced that this team is certain to finish in last place. The one bright spot? Young starter Brian Matusz, and in Orioles at Athletics, Sunday afternoon (4:05 EDT) at the Coliseum , Matusz meets up with Brett Anderson in a matchup of two of the most exciting young lefties in the game. As we told you this spring, A's people believe that Anderson is going to throw a no-hitter some day. The way the O's are going, is this the day?

3. We're cheating here, because the Rays and Red Sox aren't in trouble. But the Yankees have looked good enough out of the gate that it's fair to wonder if Tampa Bay and Boston will eventually be fighting over one playoff spot. The Rays and Red Sox meet for the first four of 18 times this weekend, and we'll pick Rays at Red Sox, Sunday afternoon (1:35 EDT) at Fenway Park , because of the matchup of Jon Lester and Matt Garza. They met twice in the 2008 ALCS, with Garza besting Lester both times. But Garza had an advantage then, with David Price available out of the bullpen to close Game 7. Now Price is in the rotation, Rafael Soriano is Tampa Bay's closer, and one scout who watched Soriano last week said, "Terrible. I'd love to hit against him. He's fastball-slider, and he's guaranteed to make a mistake with the slider."
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Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: April 17, 2010 4:02 pm
 

3 to watch: The 'In trouble already?' edition

Bob, me too!  It seems like, for the last couple of years, the Reds were talked about as a dark-horse for the wild-card, as is the case this year.  While they have made strides all over the field, something seems to be lacking here.  I'm not one to bash managers, after all, they are really at the mercy of the G.M. and payroll in regards to the players available, but this team, for the most part looks disinterested.  In April.  I'd like to see the Reds finish ahead of the Cubbies at least.  I'm a realist and know that, for the time being, the Cards are in another dimension as a ballclub, after all you all have Pujols and Holliday in the middle of your order and that cures whatever minor ills exist for the Cards.  I guess we'll have to watch the year play out.   



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2010 2:53 pm
 

3 to watch: The 'In trouble already?' edition

Did you even watch Santana pitch this year?  He looked alright against Florida.  His other start he got hammered by Washington.  If you actually read what was said you know that he never said he was just another pitcher.  He said he looked, so far THIS season, like any other pitcher.


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