Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:27 am
Week 2: Since last Sunday, 2 teams up, 3 down as Tampa surges out of the basement and the Yanks gain while the Orioles and Jays fall. The Red Sox manage to win 2 of 5 but barely climb up from the early hole.
New York Yankees (5-4) --> (9-5) 4-1
- with rally over Texas, 3 more HRs, Chavez with game winner subs for ARod
- Swept the Orioles to move into 1st, took 2 of 3 from Texas
- Slugging well (27 HRs) but not yet hitting for average - under .200: Gardner, Posada
Baltimore Orioles (6-3) --> (6-8) 0-5
- Quick fall from 1st on a 7 game slide as they were swept by Yankees, Indians
Toronto Blue Jays (5-4) --> (7-8) 2-4
- Lost 2 to Angels and Red Sox, the big boys.
Tampa Bay Rays (1-8) --> (6-9) 5-1
- Rays swept the Red Sox and took 3 of 4 from the Twins to surge out of their slow start.
Boston Red Sox (2-7) --> (4-10) 2-3
- Swept by Rays, took 2 days off and then finally won 2 of 3 from the Jays
The Red Sox will have to do better on their west coast trip or they'll be stuck under .500 a while. This week they face the strong pitching of the A's (3rd in ERA of all 30 teams) and Angels (2nd in ERA). Uphill and steep. 2 in a row? (...weeks of just 2 wins).
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:38 am
AL East - 1st full week - 9 games in, as of April 11th, 2011
Clubs Find Different Ways to Win
5-4 Blue Jays - Hitting & Pitching, ERA 2.63
6-3 Orioles - Living on Pitching, Dying at the plate: Hitting .216 but holding opponents to .216
5-4 Yankees - Slugging .471 hides >> Hitting .236, which can't beat >> ERA 4.84
2-7 Red Sox - Digging out but men LOB, Pitching better as ERA drops to 6.24 from 9+
1-8 Rays - Hitting .163, opponents .271, scoring 2.7 runs less / game
NY Yankee Trends : Slow starters at the plate can't overcome awful pitching:
- Mark Teixeira carried the club early as everyone else slumped, but now slugging percent disguises recent drought like Jorge Posada who had HRs early, now 0 for 17. Lucky to have new bats Russell Martin, Eric Chavez. Robinson Cano (thanks to Fenway) and Alex Rodriguez are the only regulars on track.
After 9 games, little traction at the plate:
Nick Swisher 219
Derek Jeter 206
Mark Teixeira 182
Curtis Granderson 172
Brett Gardner 167
Jorge Posada 138
- Especially hurts at the top of the order, low OBP in front of a sackful of homers. 3rd best slugging % in AL (behind White Sox and the unconscious Texas Rangers), but 8th in batting average, 12th in ERA. 18 HRs, tied with Texas.
A Few questions?
Who would have bet A.J. Burnett would be 2-0? A lucky 2-0.
Why is Boone Logan used as a "stopper against lefties" when he doesn't stop lefties?
How about a leadoff hitter who hits for average instead of speed that's never on base?
When is Derek Jeter going to snap out of it at the plate and get back to being a #2 hitter?
With the Orioles and Texas coming up, the only bright spot is they'll play at the Stadium, while the Sox play the Rays, Jays and then head West for the A's and surging Angels.
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.