Opening Day 2010; News and Notes

by on April 6, 2010   9 Comments

A list of tidbits and observations from April 5th, 2010.

Jason Heyward did about as much as he could do to live up to the hype in his first game. Heyward crushed a 3-run homer off Carlos Zambrano and added an RBI singleĀ  to cement a 2 for 5 day with 4RBI.

Stephen Drew hit a deep fly ball to center that ricocheted off the wall and caromed into left field, leaving Tony Gwynn Jr. in the dust and Kyle Blank nowhere to be found. Drew was able to hustle around the basepaths for an inside-the-park homerun. Dan Haren pitched brilliantly in the game, allowing 1 earned over 7 innings with 4k’s.

Albert Pujols started off the year with a 2 homerun game, Colby Rasmus added a 2-run shot and Yadier Molina hit a grand slam in the Cardinals 11-6 victory over the Reds. Chris Carpenter was sharp with no walks, 5 hits and 2 runs allowed over 6 innings. Last season Carpenter gave up 7 home runs, but today he served up two.

Ubaldo Jiminez started off 2010 strong with a win over the Brewers. Jiminez pitched 6 strong innings giving up 1 run while walking 1 and striking out six. Ian Stewart helped provide the offense with 2RBI, including a 430 home run.

Garrett Jones joined Albert Pujols on the multiple home run wagon. Jones launched a Vicente Padilla pitch into the Allegheny river in the first and took him opposite field in the third. The Pirates got a strong start out of Zach Duke and went on to defeat the Dodgers 11-5.

David Wright is off to a good start to break his home run slump, taking Josh Johnson deep in the first inning. The Mets jumped on Johnson early as he surrendered 4 runs in 5 innings while walking 4 and striking out 3. Johan Santana pitched great in the 7-1 win, allowing 1 run through 6 and striking out 5.

Roy Halladay was brilliant in his national league debut. The perennial CY Young candidate threw 7 strong innings, walking 2 and striking out 9 while allowing only a single run. Placido Polanco was the source of a surprising bit of offense with a grand slam off of Jason Bergmann in the 7th.

The back to back CY Young champion was just as good, if not better, in Houston. Tim Lincecum threw 7 shutout innings with zero walks and struck out 7 Astros en route to the Giants 5-2 win.

Mark Buehrle took the hill for his 8t opening day start, a record for the White Sox. Buehrle pitched 7 scoreless innings with 3 k’s and 1 walk as the Sox blanked the Indians 6-0.

Shawn Marcum mastered his 85mph fastball and took a no-hitter into the 7th innings against the Rangers. Alas, it was not to be. Nelson Cruz tied the game in the 7th with a 3-run homer and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a walkoff single in the 9th to give the Ranger the W.

Zack Greinke was again the victim of the Royals bullpen. Greinke was nearly flawless. 6 innings, 1 earned, 1 walk and 4 k’s. The ‘pen, however was the exact opposite. 2 earned from Roman Colon, who failed to record an out paved the way for 3 earned in one third of an inning by Robinson Tejada. Greinke can’t finish every game himself, but this will be a trend throughout the year.

Author: Mac
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9 Comments »

  1. Rule to winning fantasy baseball #1 – get Albert Pujols. Whoever talks about Manny or ARod being the best hitter of the last generation is dead wrong. If Pujols ever gets the HGH or steroid tag, I might cry.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    April 6, 2010 at 11:16 am

  2. Pujols hit 2 home runs?! Oh Lord.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

  3. Pujols is on pace for 324 homeruns! And Philly’s Placido Polanco is on pace for 972 RBIs! This is gonna be one high scoring year!!!

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm

  4. Season prediction for Pujols = Triple crown and replacing the Pope.

    Comment by Mac
    April 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

  5. Pujols’ tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    April 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm

  6. Jason, who would you say the second best hitter (that’s not linked to PEDs) of this generation is, behind Pujols?

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 7, 2010 at 1:05 am

  7. I’m not Jason, but I would go with Ryan Braun.

    Comment by Mac
    April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

  8. It’s hard to judge cause the whole era is tainted, in my opinion, and I don’t think anyone is completely free of PEDs of one form or the other, but that’s a whole different subject.

    Braun is a good one, Mac, and especially good because he came along after the steroid era and one of the great new power hitters completely free of any kind of suspicion at this point. But if we are talking about steroid era guys that have never been linked to steroids then I believe Todd Helton, Chipper Jones, and Ken Griffey, Jr. are all in the argument. Griffey would be the undoubted #1 if he didn’t get so injury prone in his 30s (weird how that works for non-PED guys), and if you go here – http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/ – and click on almost any active offensive category, you’ll see Todd Helton near the top and Chipper Jones somewhere near by. What makes Chipper Jones so spectacular is that he plays a more premier position than Helton (1B vs. 3B) and he is a switch-hitter and not in Coors. But give Helton his due, if the dude played in Yankee Stadium he’d be mentioned right along side of Pujols – but because he doesn’t get the national TV coverage the casual fan misses how mind-numbingly good (and consistent) his numbers have been in his career.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    April 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

  9. I agree with Junior for sure, unfortunately the injuries crept up on him. Chipper is/was one of the greatest switch hitters of all time, and Helton is great too, but he did get to play half his games in Coors…A few more seasons like the last couple and Joe Mauer might join the discussion of the best hitters of the generation. Honestly, Pujols is just so out of this world that as great as some of these other guys are, it’s not even close, to me.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

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