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1:12 — Well, that’ll do it for the first ever Chinstrap Ninjas Live Blog. It was loads of fun — like watching baseball all day wasn’t going to be fun — and it was our most successful post of the day. Thanks to everyone who visited. And to anyone who stumbled across this post after the fact and likes what they see, we’ll be doing the NFL Draft live and the NFL’s opening weekend live, too.
1:09 — Brian Fuentes gets the save in the final game of the day. Starter Jered Weaver gets the win and Scott Baker takes the loss. The offensive highlights were Aybar, Morales and Matsui, who were discussed in the previous blurb and Delmon Young, who didn’t do much with his last two at-bats, except leave some runners on base.
1:05 — Aybar, Morales and Matsui are a combined 6-for-11 with four runs, four RBIs and two homers.
1:00 — Casey Kotchman, who finished with four RBI and two hits, drove in Rob Johnson and Ichiro in the top of the ninth to give the Mariners a 5-3 victory. Brandon League got the win, David Aardsma the save and Brad Zeigler took the loss. Fantasy stars were Kotchman, Rajai Davis (2-for-4, R, RBI, SB) and Figgins, who scored twice. Cliff Pennington, who had two hits, and Johnson, a catcher who homered and scored twice are worth monitoring for the rest of the week.
12:56 — Hideki Matsui and Kendry Morales each hit solo shots, chasing Jose Mijares. Halos are up 6-3 over Twins now.
12:23 — That little flourish chased King Felix, who left after 6.2 innings with a worse ERA than Sheets had. He also only had 4 Ks.
12:20 — Mark Ellis and Travis Buck just scored to tie it up in Oakland. Cliff Pennington and Rajai Davis on the RBIs. Davis is having a pretty solid game. He’s 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base.
12:08 — Erick Aybar scored on a Hideki Matsui single. Aybar is now 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk. Twins stuck a fork in Baker after 4.2 innings, five hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks and 3 Ks. Jesse Crain is pitching in the sixth.
11:43 — Delmon Young scored on Nick Punto‘s sac fly. That gives Young a a 2-for-2 with two runs, two RBI and a homer.
11:29 — The Athletics finally got Sheets out of there. His line: Five innings, four walks, three Ks, three runs and four hits.
11:16 — Not much new to talk about offensively, but Felix Hernandez has been masterful. He has two walks, but has allowed just one hit and has struck out three in four innings.
10:54 — Lot’s going on in the final two games of the night. Figgins doesn’t have a hit yet, but walked twice, stole two bases and scored two runs. Kotchman drove him in for the second time tonight. Meanwhile, Angels catcher Jeff Mathis answered the Young homer with a solo shot of his own.
10:47 — Delmon Young introduces Jered Weaver to the longball in 2010. Young’s two-run bomb also scored Justin Mourneau and knotted the game at 2-2.
10:43 — Sheets’ struggles continue. Rob Johnson homered in the top of the second.
10:31 — Angels are on the board against Scott Baker. Kendry Morales and Juan Rivera singled to score Erick Aybar and Torii Hunter. Both Hunter and Aybar reached on walks, that’s not a good sign for Baker’s WHIP.
10:14 — Casey Kotchman and Chone Figgins draw first blood in the night games. Figgins walked, stole second, took third on a throwing error and scored on Kotchman’s double. Ben Sheets is not off to a good start in Oakland.
10:11 — We’re finally under way in Oakland and LA and the NCAA title game is at halftime. Butler hanging right with Duke.
9:57 — Have a feeling King Felix is going to dominate the Athletics tonight. The Twins-Angels game should be fun.
9:50 — The two final games of the night will start at 10:05 eastern time, here are the matchups:
- Mariners (Felix Hernandez) at Athletics (Ben Sheets)
- Twins (Scott Baker) at Angels (Jered Weaver)
9:44 — Wilson gets the save, Lincecum the win. Giants offense was led by two-hit nights from Edgar Renteria, Bengie Molina and Juan Uribe. Mark DeRosa, who homered in the eighth, scored twice. Kaz Matsui and Carlos Lee each had two hits in the loss. Roy Oswalt struck out three in six innings but gave up seven hits, three runs and walked two.
9:41 — Duke’s up 16-14 on Butler in the NCAA men’s basketball championship, if anybody cares.
9:40 — Carlos Lee and Geoff Blum just scored. Lee is 2-for-4 with a run scored. Closer Brian Wilson is in the game.
9:36 — Tim Lincecum went seven innings of shutout ball, allowed four hits and struck out seven. Giants are struggling to hold onto his win in the ninth.
9:19 — Hunter Pence is 0-for-4. Last hitless at-bat came with a two-out, first-and-third situation. We go to top nine in Houston.
9:17 — Back just in time for the final couple innings of the Giants-Astros tilt. Not much has happened while we were away Edgar Renteria‘s RBI double and Mark DeRosa‘s solo homer did happen, staking SF to a 5-0 lead.
7:50 — Time for a short break. Be back in a bit.
7:45 — Stephen Drew, Justin Upton, Mark Reynolds and Miguel Montero combined to go 7-for-13 with four runs, six RBI and two homers in support of Dan Haren who threw shutdown stuff. Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley were each 2-for-4. Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks homered on opening day in a late rally that fell short.
7:42 — Rally not enough. Howry out of trouble. Fantasy recap coming
7:41 — Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks with back-to-back, two-out jacks against Howry.
7:35 — Bob Howry trying to close this one out for the Diamondbacks.
7:32 — Aubrey Huff and Mark DeRosa have already scored on Roy Oswalt. Bengie Molina and John Bowker with the RBIs.
7:24 — Haren is out for the D-Backs. He had four Ks in seven innings with a 1.29 ERA and a nasty 0.43 WHIP. Stephen Drew, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero each have two hits in support of Haren.
7:21 — Damon, Ordonez, Cabrera, Guillen all pounded out two hits and Damon, Cabrera and Brandon Inge all drove in two in the TIgers come-from-behind win. David DeJesus and Chris Getz each had two hit games in the loss. The pitching was the story here. Greinke kept the Tigers in check, but once he left Detroit started pouring it on. KC got to Verlander, scoring four times in his five innings. But, where the Royals failed, the Tigers excelled. Joel Zumaya, Phil Coke, 23-year-old Ryan Perry and Jose Valverde pitched four innings of shutout ball.
7:18 — Valverde finished it off, inducing a groundout to first from Scott Podsednik. Recap next.
7:13 — Ramon Santiago‘s trying to get fantasy owners a Jose Valverde save. He just committed an error in the bottom of the ninth. First and second, one out with David DeJesus, who is 2-for-4, at the plate.
7:05 — Padres finally get on the board against Haren. Adrian Gonzalez scored the run on Chase Headley‘s hit. I wanted to push Headley more as a sleeper, but in that park it’s tough. I wanted to push Will Venable, too. However, I was already pushing one Padres horse, Kyle Blanks, pretty hard. He’s a riveting 0-for-3 with 1 LOB in the opener.
7:00 — Both starters were chased early, but Braves relievers Peter Moylan, Takashi Saito and Billy Wagner were all perfect in their inning of work. They struck out a combined five batters. Martin Prado, Yunel Escobar, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann had two-hit games for Atlanta. They were a combined 8-for-17 with nine runs and 11 RBI. Kosuke Fukudome and Aramis Ramirez each had two hits for the Cubs.
6:57 — Billy Wagner Ks Alfonso Soriano to finish off the Cubs. Recap next.
6:55 — In 20 minutes the lone 7 p.m. game starts, here is the matchup and first pitch time:
- Giants (Tim Lincecum) at Astros (Roy Oswalt), 7:05 p.m.
6:48 — The Braves are 12-for-33 with 15 runs and 13 RBI. Heyward just hit an RBI single. Bases are now loaded for Omar Infante.
6:35 — Another three-up, three-down inning for Haren.
6:30 — Stephen Drew hit an inside-the-park home run against the Padres. Dan Haren scored on the play. D-Backs are up 6-0. Haren has allowed one hit and hasn’t walked a batter through four full.
6:26 — In Atlanta, Brian McCann has scored three runs. Martin Prado, Chipper Jones, Escobar and Heyward have all scored two runs each. More people started Escobar (79%) than Heyward (54%) in Yahoo leagues on Opening Day.
6:23 — Back to Detroit, where the bleeding continues for the Royals. Miguel Cabrera drove in Damon. Carlos Guillen got a hit and then Brandon Inge doubled in Cabrera and Guillen. Still only one out in a six-run seventh. All of sudden, Tigers Damon, Ordonez, Cabrera and Guillen all have two hits and have all scored at least one run.
6:20 — Eric Hinske opens Braves career with RBI triple that chases Cubs reliever Jeff Samardzija, who gave up four runs and got only one out. Heyward scored on the play. He’s 1-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.
6:16 — Yunel Escobar is going big for Fantasy Baseball mangers here on Opening Day 2010. He just hit a three-run double then scored on a hit by Jason Heyward. Escobar has five RBI and is 2-for-
6:15 — Damon is 2-for-4 with a run and 2 RBIs in his Tigers debut.
6:13 — Greinke is done after six innings. Finished with a 1.50 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 4 Ks in six innings. Neither reliever has recorded an out yet and Johnny Damon‘s two-run double just gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead. It’s going to be another long season for the Royals.
6:10 — The lineups for the Giants-Astros game are out. The San Francisco lineup is just horrible. If they had any sort of offense to go with that trio of pitchers they’d win the NL West without a doubt.
6:03 — Powerful Mark Reynolds ends the drought of fantasy news with a two-run shot off Garland. Justin Upton scored on the play. That gives the D-Backs a 4-0 lead.
5:59 — Games have slowed down a bit here. Verlander is done after a disappointing day. He finished with a 7.20 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and six Ks in five innings. Joel Zumaya is in. On other side, Greinke’s been smooth most of the game. He’s scattered seven baserunners in six innings.
5:45 — Miguel Montero gets the Diamondbacks on the board, driving in Stephen Drew and Justin Upton off Jon Garland in the first inning.
5:43 — Billy Butler 2-RBI hit put the Royals up 4-1 on Verlander and the Tigers. David DeJesus is 2-for-3 with a stolen base and scored on Butler’s hit.
5:31 — Considering how fantasy fantastic the lineups in Milwaukee and Colorado are, it’s surprising that those teams were outscored by four other games so far today. It’s a testament to how good Ubaldo Jimenez and Yovani Gallardo are. I grabbed Jimenez in a couple leagues because he was a considerable value at his draft slot.
5:23 — Moralez pulls out the save for the Rockies. Ubaldo Jimenez was excellent — six Ks, 1 run, eight hits in six innings — and got the win. Yovani Gallardo gave up three earned in seven innings and struck out 5 in the loss. He had a better WHIP than Jimenez. Carlos Gomez and Ian Stewart had the only homers in the game. Gomez and Carlos Gonzalez had four hits each. Todd Helton, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee each had two hits.
5:20 — Not surprising that Carlos Gomez was involved in the bottom of the ninth theatrics in Milwaukee. He’s 4-for-5 with a homer, a steal and two runs.
5:16 — Franklin Morales is trying to Frasor up his chance at being the closer until Huston Street is healthy.
5:13 — Yuniesky Betancourt just homered off Justin Verlander. Two run shot also scores Jose Guillen. Verlander: 5K, 3H, 2ER in 4 innings.
5:12 –Heyward lines out!
5:08 — Carlos Gonzalez scored again, this time on a Ryan Spilborghs double. Gonzalez is 4-for-5 with two runs scored.
5:06 — Aramis Ramirez just tagged Lowe for another homer. They’re playing Xbox baseball in Atlanta today. Ramirez, McCann, Byrd and Hayward all have homers. It’s only the top of the third. Hayward is due up next inning.
4:59 — Seven players had two hits in the Pirates win over the Dodgers. Pirates Garrett Jones, Ryan Doumit and Ryan Church all drove in three runs in the win. Jones scored three times. Vicente Padilla was an abomination but Zach Duke was only meh, which is a compliment for Pirates pitchers. Matt Kemp and Manny Ramirez each went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.
4:55 — There’s one 5 p.m. game, it starts in about 10 minutes. Here is the matchup and start time:
- Padres (Jon Garland) at Diamondbacks (Dan Haren), 5:10 p.m.
4:51 — Brian McCann just crushed a Zambrano offering. He’s made a lot of offerings already in this game, and the Braves are taking all of them. Score is 8-3 and Z is out of there. He was started in 82% of Yahoo leagues. McCann is 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
4:45 — Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s lone hit came with the bases loaded in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth. Nelson Cruz’s RBI double tied it up off Frasor earlier in the inning. Frank Francisco got the win and Frasor took the loss. Starters Shawn Marcum and Scott Feldman each went seven inning and gave up three runs. Cruz finished 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs. Vlad was 2-for-3. Lind and Wells finished a combined 6-for-7 with 3 runs and 4 RBI.
4:42 — Jason Frasor‘s trying to lose the Blue Jays’ closer job already.
4:38 — Buerhle was Buerhle-esque in the White Sox win over the Indians. Only 3 Ks, but just one walk and three hits in seven innings. Beckham went 2-for-4 with two run scored. Konerko drove in a pair and Carlos Quentin scored twice. Fantasy world-wide sleeper Shin-Soo Choo was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. I’d bet he was in a lot of starting lineups today.
4:34 — Jason Heyward just crushed a baseball in his first big league at-bat. Three-run shot. He has arrived. The Braves and Cubs have combined for nine runs and there’s only one out in the bottom of the first inning.
4:32 — Braves just tied it up. Two run seeing-eye single for Yunel Escobar. Jason Heyward at-bat No. 1 coming up with runners on first and second…
4:28 — Cubs and Braves are busy in the first inning. A sleeper/bust on many fantasy lists this season, Marlon Byrd tagged Derek Lowe for a three-run homer (Kosuke Fukudome and Derrek Lee scored). Now the Braves have loaded the bases against Carlos Zambrano in the bottom of the first.
4:25 — Reds and Cardinals are done, too. Colby Rasmus and Yadier Molina each had two hits for St. Louis. Joey Votto was 3-for-5 in the season opener for the Reds. Stubbs was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run as a pinch-hitter.
4:22 — Mets are done, too. Santana strikes out five in six innings and gets the win. Jason Bay, Gary Matthews and Rod Barajas each had two hits. Jeff Francouer and Wright drove in two each. Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 in the loss.
4:19 — Phils-Nats the first game to wrap up. Halladay strikes out nine in seven innings. Rollins, Polanco and Howard each had at least two hits. Rollins, Ibanez and Ruiz each scored two runs. Ivan Rodriguez went 3-for-4 and Nyjer Morgan had two hits for the Nats.
4:15 — Wells just hit an RBI single for Toronto. Wells and Lind are a combined 6-for-7 with three runs and four RBI.
4:11 — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina just hit a grand slam. Coupled with Colby Rasmus’ RBI single earlier in the inning, St. Louis is up 11-4 on Reds. Not surprisingly, Pujols was in on the scoring. He’s now 4-for-5 with four runs and three RBIs. Albert Pujols doesn’t wear a watch. HE decides what time it is.
4:08 — Phillies strand the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. Barring a miraculous 10-run bottom half, Phils’ top four hitters combined to go 8-for-17 with five runs, nine RBI, two homers, five walks and a stolen base.
4:01 –The 4 p.m. games start in 10 minutes, here are the starting pitching matchup and first pitch times:
- Cubs (Carlos Zambrano) at Braves (Derek Lowe), 4:10 p.m.
- Tigers (Justin Verlander) at Royals (Zack Greinke), 4:10 p.m.
3:58 — Stubbs update. He just had his second hit, drove in Brandon Phillips.
3:52 — Nelson Cruz just knotted up the Rangers-Blue Jays game. three-run shot is his first hit of the day. Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton scored on the hit. You did draft Cruz after reading jzak’s closer look on him, right?
3:50 — Carlos Gomez is 2-for-3 with a stolen base and just scored on Ryan Braun‘s double. Hitting out of the No. 2 hole for the Brewers, Gomez might live up to the deep sleeper in that Brewers post linked to earlier in the day.
3:45 — Drafted Gordon Beckham in a roto league Saturday as my backup second baseman. I had a plan and stuck with it — I’ll explain the plan soon. It’ll take some games before he’s eligible at second, but today Beckham is already 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
3:42 — Carlos Gonzalez is 2-for-3 and just scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single. Lot to like in that pairing for 2010.
3:38 — Looking at that top six, I like it better than San Fran’s, Oakland’s and Kansas City’s. Out of the basement and into relative fantasy relevance for the Pirates in 2010?
3:32 — Pirates are running it up on the Dodgers. They are 8-for-21 with eight runs, all driven in. Each of the first six batters in the lineup have scored at least one run: Iwamura, McCutchen, Jones, Ryan Doumit, Lastings Milledge and Jeff Clement. No. 9 hitter Ronny Cedeno is 2-for-3.
3:29 — Drew Stubbs goes 1-for-1, scores a run as a pinch-hitter. Meanwhile starting centerfielder Chris Dickerson is 0-for-3 with a strikeout out of the leadoff spot. Stubbs was a monster this spring. Why he didn’t start I have no idea.
3:25 — Completely not fantasy related, but White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle just made the most ridiculous defensive play you will probably see all year. Watch your baseball highlights tonight. Falling down out of bounds down the first base line, Buehrle flipped it between his legs with his glove hand to get Lou Marson out at first. Ridiculous.
3:23 — Phillies are 11-for-31 with 11 runs, all driven in, seven walks and 12 LOB.
3:21 — Mets chased Johnson, now they’re ruining Clay Hensley’s Marlins debut. Rod Barajas and Jason Bay are each 2-for-3.
3:15 — Polanco just hit a grand slam. He’s 2-for-4, one run, 6 RBIs and a homer. He’ll probably get another at-bat. So, should you pick him up? I don’t see why not. He’s never been an awful hitter, just unexciting. However, that lineup is an offensive powerhouse.
3:04 — Pujols just went yard again, this time of Reds reliever Matt Lincoln. He drove in Brendan Ryan on a two-run shot. Both runs were unearned. Holliday singled, bringing up Rasmus. Pujols is 3-for-4 with two homers, three runs and three RBIs. The bat is mightier than the sword, but only if it’s wielded by Albert Pujols.
3:02 — Carlos Ruiz is the only Phillies starter without a hit. But he has walked twice and scored a run. In that lineup, Ruiz just needs to get on base and he’ll score some runs.
2:58 — Marlins finally got to Santana, who has five Ks in 5 2/3 IP. Jorge Cantu drove in Chris Coghlan.
2:48 — Phillies are getting to English, too. Polanco had his second RBI, driving in Rollins who was on third after a stand up RBI triple. There will be lots of Phillies among the league leaders after day one.
2:46 — Middle of the order looks good for Toronto in game 1 of162. Adam Lind just homered to stake the Jays to a 3-0 edge. Wasn’t sure we could expect Lind to get to 30 homers again, but hit one in the opener and it gets a lot easier.
2:44 — Pujols, who’s 2-for-3, just scored on Aaron Harang‘s throwing error. Stick a fork in Harang, Miguel Cairo hit for him in the bottom of the fifth.
2:40 — Phillies just turned their second double play in as many innings. Halladay’s got five runs of support, his seven Ks and the Placido Polanco-Rollins-Utley-Howard combo is rolling two at will. Some experts were predicting ridiculous 25-30 win totals for Halladay. Today’s game is a perfect example why.
2:38 — Another 30-homer threat, Ian Stewart just homered off Yovani Gallardo. We’re Stewart fans here, made him a third baseman to target in 2010. Brad Hawpe scored on a wild pitch before the Stewart homer to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
2:36 — Garrett Jones is trying to get to 35 homers this week. He just hit his second. He’s 2-for-2, with 2 runs, 3 RBI and the 2 homers.
2:29 — Halladay has settled in pretty well. He’s got seven Ks in the first four innings and drove in a run. Santana is still pitching shutout ball. He’s given up two hits, struck out two and walked one.
2:27 — Jesse English, 26, relieved Lannan and coaxed a groundout from Howard. Phillies have seven hits, five runs and eight left on.
2:24 — The 2 p.m. games are already warming up. Vernon Wells homered to deep left off the Rangers’ Scott Feldman, scoring Adam Lind. And in Chicago, Paul Konerko homered off the Indians’ Jake Westbrook to score Carlos Quentin.
2:23 — Scott Rolen follows Votto homer with one of his own, it’s a 3-2 game in Cincinnatti.
2:20 — Rollins sac fly scores Victorino from third, then Utley singles to load the bases for Howard. Not surprisingly, manager Jim Riggleman takes the ball from Lannan.
2:19 — Joey Votto gets one back for the Reds with a solo homer. Have a feeling he’ll outproduce my projections and get to 30 homers this season.
2:16 — Cardinals are opening up on the Reds, too. Colby Rasmus homered and David Freese drove in Ryan Ludwick. Not at all excited about Freese, a rookie, or Ludwick, but Rasmus could be exciting. He’s batting fifth in that lineup.
2:14 — This is getting ugly. Halladay just got his second career RBI, driving in Ibanez with one out. Victorino’s on third, Halladay’s at first and Jimmy Rollins (1-for-2) is at the plate. There’s a reason Lannan didn’t make it in our top 100+ pitchers for 2010.
2:11 — Hope nobody reading this started Lannan. Victorino singles to drive in Werth. First and second, still no outs. Five consecutive batters have reached to start the fourth.
2:10 — Lannan’s blowing up now. Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez follow two-run bomb with consecutive singles. First and third with nobody out for Shane Victorino.
2:07 — Ryan Howard–Chase Utley first two-run home run combo of the season for Phillies. Utley walked, Howard pulled the bomb to right field off Lannan. Like I said in the Top 20 for 2010, Howard is a Top-10 fantasy hitter. Unlimited power.
2:04 –Same situation as first inning in New York — Luis Castillo on base and Wright at the plate facing Johnson. Wright wins again, full-count walk.
2:04 — Garrett Jones just hit a two-run homer, drove in leadoff hitter Akinora Iwamura. Vicente Padilla walked Iwamura to start the game. Like Jones to hit 25-30 homers this season. The RBIs will depend on Iwamura, Andrew McCutchen and company.
1:57 — The 2 p.m. games will be starting soon, here are the starting pitcher matchups and first pitch times:
- Indians (Jake Westbrook) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle), 2:05 p.m.
- Blue Jays (Shaun Marcum) at Rangers (Scott Feldman), 2:05 p.m.
- Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo), 2:10 p.m.
1:51 — Resident Blue Jays fan and Chinstrap Ninja Jay-Mo just left us an insightful comment about Halladay and his slow starts. Scroll down and check it out.
1:47 — Matt Kemp comes through where Ramirez failed. Single scores both Martin and Ethier. Huge year coming for Kemp.
1:45 — First and third for Manny Ramirez (Russell Martin walk, Andre Ethier double) but he flied out to shallow left. Manny wasn’t on any of my draft lists this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if they drop him out of the cleanup spot before 2010 is over.
1:35 — Santana perfect through two. Just one K, but perfect is perfect.
1:32 — Interesting first inning for Halladay. He struck out two, but gave up two hits, walked one and surrendered a run.
1:27 — Ryan Zimmerman doubles in Nyjer Morgan to give Nationals a 1-0 lead on Halladay. Nationals are too talented to not score runs this season. If their pitching wasn’t so questionable we’d be calling them contenders.
1:22 — David Wright opposite field two-run shot off Josh Johnson. Off the bat you could tell it was gone down the line to right. Commentators saying Mets didn’t use that part of the field to hit longballs in 2009. Either way, Wright’s off to a good start.
1:16 — Albert Pujols homered already. Somebody commented a couple weeks ago on my Pujols vs. Hanley Ramirez post from January asking if I was more afraid of Pujols with his back and contract issues. The answer was no.
1:08 — President Barack Obama a little wild, but he didn’t bounce it.
12:50 — Guys at MLB Network are reviewing the lineups in the Rockies-Brewers tilt. Those two teams are stacked. Took a look at the Brewers’ lineup earlier in the preseason.
12:47 — Had to put a player on the DL in an ESPN league. Picked up Nationals SS Ian Desmond. Like I said in yesterday’s Waiver Report, he’s far too available.
12:43 — Didn’t see anything ridiculous in any of the early lineups. Carlos Gomez is batting second and Alcides Escobar is 8th. That was one decision discussed in a previous daily update. Still think moving Shane Victorino to 7th is a bad idea for the Phillies.
12:35 — Be sure to make last minute checks to your lineups. Drew Stubbs isn’t in the starting lineup according to Yahoo. That’s the only player I have to worry about so far.
12:28 — Halladay wins 20 games this season, but probably has half as many (or less) complete games, if your league scores those. It’ll be interesting to see if Santana can battle Halladay for NL Cy Young. My money is on Halladay, but I want a close race.
12:26 — Johnson vs. Santana’s the best pitching matchup out of the early games. One game we’ll get in ninjaland is Phillies v Nats. Watching Halladay pitch never gets old.
12:15 p.m. — Games don’t start until 1:05, but we’re starting this thing early. Let’s begin with pitching matchups for the early games:
- Phillies (Roy Halladay) at Nationals (John Lannan), 1:05 p.m.
- Marlins (Josh Johnson) at Mets (Johan Santana), 1:10 p.m.
- Cardinals (Chris Carpenter) at Reds (Aaron Harang), 1:10 p.m.
- Dodgers (Vicente Padilla) at Pirates (Zach Duke), 1:10 p.m.