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Opening Weekend Roundup

April 4, 2011

The Red Sox won’t make the playoffs. The Orioles will win the AL East. Kansas City’s going to run away with the AL Central. We can just cancel the rest of the season right now, because that’s officially what’s going to happen.

Not really. But nevertheless, some teams got off to horrid starts (Boston), and some teams got off to great starts (Baltimore, sweeping the Rays and only allowing three runs; Kansas City, taking three of four from the LA Angels). But by this time next week Boston could easily be in first place and the Orioles and Royals back where they’re accustomed to – the bottom.

  • Boston’s pitchers compiled a 9.75 ERA over the weekend against Texas, bad enough for worst in the majors, 1.75 runs behind Cleveland. Boston’s ace, Jon Lester, only pitched 5.1 innings, gave up five runs and three home runs, and didn’t strike out a single batter. However, Lester’s career ERA in March/April (4.79) is far and away the worst monthly ERA he has.
  • The Rangers hit 11 home runs over the weekend, and scored 26 total runs. The Rangers pitching will probably take a step back from last year, but their hitting should be able to easily carry them, which is similar to the same situation the Yankees are facing this year.
  • Ubaldo Jimenez’s career year didn’t carry over to 2011, at least not yet. Jimenez gave up five earned runs in six innings, while also allowing two home runs. That doesn’t seem very noteworthy until you consider Jimenez didn’t give up five TOTAL earned runs until May 9th last year, and he didn’t allow his second homer of 2010 until June 6th.
  • Even though they’re 1-3 and sitting in last place in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants still have plenty to look forward to. They scored 19 runs in four games against the Dodgers, and only allowed 13, and if it wasn’t for some shaky defense the Giants could easily have won two of the other games. Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum both pitched brilliantly, Jonathan Sanchez and Barry Zito provided solid starts from the three and four spots in the rotation, and young stud Madison Bumgarner pitches tomorrow. Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt both look like they’re in for good years.

Team of the Week

Texas Rangers – While facing the Red Sox over the weekend the Rangers did what they do best: mash the ball. They combined to hit .333, third best among teams so far, and eight players had at least two RBIs in the four-game series.

Performance of the Week

Jaime Garcia – Garcia delivered to the Cardinals what they absolutely needed: a gem of a pitching performance. Garcia shut down the previously on-fire San Diego offense Sunday by only allowing four hits in a complete game shutout. Garcia struck out nine and only walked two to lead the Cardinals to a 2-0 win and a salvaging of the series.

The Week Ahead

Boston travels to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Tribe, but then they’ll open up Fenway Park against the Yankees on Friday. In what should be a high-scoring matchup, the Sox should be able to feast on the back end of the Yankees rotation.

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One Comment
  1. I think the Red Sox are still the team to beat. Despite a horrible showing by a few pitchers (ahem, LACKEY), the weekend wasn’t all bad- Ortiz on a hot streak and Gonzalez worth the $$$. No panic here yet. Ask me in a few months.

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