Its two weeks or so into the 2012 baseball season. By the end of the weekend we'll be 10% along the way to playoffs. Here's how things stand:
The O's and J's insist they'll compete in the toughest division in the majors and they are, so far. Both riding ok starters, so-so hitting but good on base averages. Can they hang come August?
The Sox and Rays are struggling as their slugging can't overcome weak bullpens. Sox starters have yet to gel and the hangover from the end of last year looks to be still hurting the chemistry. Dusty tells Bobby V that's not the way we do things around here... airing barbs with the media. Bobby V knows no other way or he's looking to rally teamates around Youk. Not working so far.
The Yanks starters have been shakey - CC still rounding into form and Kuroda looking great one start, corroding in another. Nova shines, Hughes can't challenge hitters inside. Garcia? bet the over.
But it's the bullpen that shines, giving the Yanks confidence that as long as they slug they can overcome those early runs by sloppy starters.
The little lyric bandbox that is Fenway turned 100 - Fans cheered a tipsy Kevin Millar and the 212 Sox players, but the 25 Yankees in old style uniforms put 5 solo homers into the seats and held the Red Sox to 2 runs to cool an otherwise sunny party. Sox fans are hoping the pen improves after sending Melancon down to Pawtuket but it's the starters 2 through 5 that may be a bigger worry.
Spring is here, let's play two.
AL East: Era Starter-Pen, OPS
NY Yankees (8-6) 5.40 - 1.71, 835
Baltimore (8-6) 4.30 - 2.44, 760
Toronto (7-6) 3.92 - 4.57, 701
Tampa Bay (7-7) 4.02 - 8.49, 762
Boston (4-9) 6.09 - 6.13, 762