Note(s) on Opening Day(s): Hooray!

NYM-STL: Well played by the Mets, a big smack in the face for the Cards. What is La Russa thinking by batting Preston Wilson 2nd and Yadier Molina 5th? Wilson averages a strikeout every 3.7 AB, which is bad because that means he doesn’t put a ball in play (of course he did ground into a double play his first AB) and Molina is a career .238 hitter with a total of 16 HR in 937 AB, which are stellar numbers for the guy protecting your clean-up man. Then again, the Cards don’t have many options offensively; they have to rely on Pujols and their pitching for wins. Am I still bitter? Maybe.

FLA-WAS: Yes, I am. Hanley Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera combined to kill Patterson in this blowout, no statement has been made by his family as of yet. Washington should be glad they have a bright spot in Zimmerman and that Cristian Guzman is injured again thereby allowing them to play someone decent at SS.

TOR-DET: The Jays started walking away with this early before Detroit started stringing together hits and then gave up after tying the game (0 hits, 2 walks in 5 innings). Placido Polanco, besides having a great name, is a contact machine, that is a #2 hitter right there.

ATL-PHI: Atlanta’s rejuvenated bullpen bared its teeth in this one. Oddly enough Chad Paronto had the best outing…and he is heavier than Bob Wickman. Phillies fans have to be hating Edgar Renteria, who loves Citizens Bank Park (.300 BA, 5 HR, last 10 G).

TB-NYY: For a while the Rays were playing quite well. Then their bullpen came in and their runs dried up. The Great Yankee Hit Parade made up for Pavano’s separation anxiety from the whirlpool tub. A-Rod, D-Jet, and J-Phe(lps) all made errors, which is unacceptable, they should all be cut from the team. Ok, maybe not Phelps, he’s new (and his OBP is 1.000, how do you walk the shitty guy twice?). Elijah ‘Put-up-your’ Dukes hit his first HR in his second AB, well on his way to 162 HR for the season.

CLE-CWS: Cleveland has a beast of an offense and Contreras gave up 8 runs in 1 inning of work. Andy Marte had to have been feeling left out as he was the only starter who didn’t have a hit. Darin Erstad hit a two-run shot in the second, well on his way to 7 HR for the season.

LAD-MIL: Ben ‘I-Wet-The’ Sheets pitched a two-hitter (no walks). Derek Lowe was working on an eighteen-hitter before being taken out in the 4th inning (5 walks). Milwaukee is working on cloning Sheets for when he gets injured and to replace their other 4 starters. Sheets showed his humanistic side by kindly striking out 3 times at the plate.

CIN-CHC: Carlos ‘I’m-Not-Victor’ Zambrano is well on his way to getting his huge extension (haha) with this performance. Adam Dunn homered in his first two AB, walked, and flied out before allowing himself to be rung up on strikes. The man is cutting down on his Ks. Alfonso Soriano is no leadoff hitter. Josh Hamilton began his EPIC comeback from 1st overall pick in 1999 to years of cocaine addiction and obscurity to today being an obscure Reds player.

ARI-COL: Both starters failed miserably and Kazuo Matsui resumed pissing off Mets fans by continuing to play well. Unlike his 3 Met openers he failed to homer in his first AB of the season. Stephen Drew, Conor Jackson, Chris ‘I’m-Not-Chris’ Young, Troy Tulowitzki, and Chris Iannetta all began their push for NL ‘Rob’ ROY honors.

BOS-KC: Gil ‘Crips-And-Bloods-Don’t’ Meche gave a good reason for his supposedly undeserved contract. Curt Schilling didn’t. Boston seems to have given up on Coco Crisp being their leadoff hitter as he went 0-3 as the #8. Julio Lugo is a definite improvement at the top, but not quite in this game (1-4, 3K). Both of Tony Pena Jr.’s hits were triples; he is well on his way to 324 triples on the season.

OAK-SEA: King Felix and a Putz combined to shut out the Athletics and all 4 of Seattle’s runs were unearned despite a Richie Sexson HR. Bobby Crosby continued his fall from grace by going 0-3 with 2K and 2 errors. Team Moneyball managed just two BB.

BAL-MIN: Johan Santana got some nice run support in his less than spectacular outing. Baltimore has to be somewhat happy with their hitting after what they did to MLB’s best pitcher, but Leo Mazzone has his work cut out for him with the pitching staff. Minnesota’s bullpen seems to be the same dominating unit it’s always been.

PIT-HOU: Brad Lidge’s misfortune or mispitching continues as he blew another save with one out remaining allowing the Pirates to win in extra innings. All the runs were scored on HR. Adam LaRoche went 0-5 with 4K in demonstrating how he shouldn’t prove his worth. I miss having Roy Oswalt on my fantasy teams.

TEX-LAA: As I was wondering why Casey Kotchman was batting ahead of Howie Kendrick, Kotchman (2-3) hit a HR and Kendrick (0-4) struck out. Take that, me. There might not be a more underrated one-two punch than Lofton and Catalanotto heading up Texas’ batting order; of course that wasn’t the case in this game (1-6, 2 BB).

SD-SF: As this game has not been played yet I feel I should request that San Diego take it easy on the oldest team the average payroll can buy. Seriously, Barry Zito will be the youngest starter on this team at 29; everyone else is between 32 and 43.
Update @ 7.23pm, Apr 3: My friend is sorely missing Jake Peavy from his fantasy team, he has some odd obsession with Jake (which is nothing like my obsession with Chutley). SanFran got a big embarressment, Zito had three perfect 1-2-3 innings, two innings weren’t so perfect. SanFran also learned that its bullpen might be lacking to some degree. SanDie discovered that, ye gods, they can create offense.

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