Observations (4/6)

By nichols33

Aaron Harang threw the ball pretty good today. He had good location pretty much staying on the outside corner all day against all of the left handed bats the Mets put up against him. Good to see he has his control early. He threw a lot of pitches but he looked good.

Johan Santana is off to a good start. His change up was on today and he didn’t give up a hit until Jay Bruce’s double of the wall that nearly left the yard. The Mets bullpen came in and did just as expected shutting down the Reds for 3.3 innings. If Santana doesn’t win the Cy Young award in the NL this year, I’d be really surprised.

Chris Ianetta’s homerun off of Brandon Webb would have left any park including Yellowstone. Webb could not spot his fastball and was pitching behind in the count nearly every batter. Aaron Cook was far worse if possible. Hopefully for Webb, his control will come back in his next start and he’ll keep the ball down. His ball stayed up an awful lot today.

Tony Clark started for the Diamondbacks at 1B today and hit 2 HRs. Chad Tracy played 3B and Mark Reynolds was on the bench. I’d expect these three guys to split the ABs for these 2 positions. Bob Melvin also started Eric Byrnes over Justin Upton. Interesting stuff, but I’d expect Justin Upton to get more at bats than Byrnes. Conor Jackson and Chris Young will likely start nearly every day at the other two OF spots.

Chad Qualls looked real good today. He was throwing strikes and throwing hard. He is a very solid closer in all leagues and could be top 10 by the end of the year.

CC Sabathia really struggled today. The Orioles got a lot of good wood on the ball and really waited for Sabathia to throw strikes today. If that wasn’t tough enough it seems like every little dribbler in the infield found a hole or bounced off the ends of the infielders glove. The Yankee’s infield defense was not doing CC any favors today.

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2 responses to “Observations (4/6)

  1. mrcane

    A scary thought is that Webb is complaining about a sore shoulder. This is not good news for owners who drafted him high with big expectations. It was nice to see Tulowitski homers and takes steps in regaining his form of a couple of years ago.

    One of my big sleepers for this year, Adam Jones, had a day. This could be in part because CC didn’t have it today, or because Jones is making the necessary strides toward greatness. Time will tell.

    I was impressed with Jay Bruce double off the wall against Johan. For Bruce, a lefty, to hang in there against arguably the best pitcher in baseball was impressive to say the least.

    Felix Hernandez looked great and Liriano was pretty good. If Liriano has a couple of so-so outings, buy low if thats possible.

    Justin Verlander confirmed what I thought going into the game against Toronto, he is not going to be a great pitcher, maybe he’ll be good. It looks like Adam Lind and Travis Snider have arrived in Toronto, that could be huge boost to an offense that could stack Hill, Rios, Wells, Lind, and Snider…not too bad.

    I don’t know who Adrian Gonzales is going to drive in OR who is going to drive him in this year. San Diego has a bad offense. Why would anyone pitch to Gonzales this year?

    Pat Maholm had a good start for the Pirates and Morgan stole a bag. Is this the end of the Motte experiment? He got lit up for 4 runs and if we know Tony Larussa, the plug will come quick and without notice.

    • nichols33

      The Webb injury doesn’t seem too serious. He said he went through something similar last June, he just needs to pitch through it until he can find the right arm angle. But being a Webb owner myself, I’m not too happy with yesterday’s performance and hope he figures it out quickly.

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