Good times folks. My first "Wrap-up" post of the season. It is also one of my favorite posts to write.
I didn't really care for the way the baseball season started. I find it spiteful that two teams (that I, nor a majority of the country cares about) play a couple of games over seas. It's absurd as a baseball fan, to play two regular season games a week before anyone else, then, come back to the mother land to play a handful of exhibition games prior to returning to your regular season schedule. In my opinion, Major League Baseball should be embarrassed and needs to change this seemingly annual occurrence.
Now that I got my little rant out of the way, time to focus on the play of the first weekend.
How about MY New York Metropolitans! A season opening sweep of division rival Atlanta. That's what I'm talking about. I know, I know. Easy. Just as fans of the Yankees and Red Sox (both 0-3) shouldn't be too concerned, I also shouldn't feel too comfortable. There are 159 games yet to be played. But the way the Mets have done me wrong for the last six years, at least I can boast about a season opening series sweep. The first such sweep since 2007 when they opened the season with three straight over the Cardinals, in St. Louis.
Jamie Moyer is a pleasant early season story. At 49 years of age, Moyer took the hill Saturday for the Rockies. Moyer pitched decent enough for a win against the Astros, but a few costly errors and a couple of untimely long balls was Moyer's demise. He lasted five innings and allowed three earned runs off of two homeruns.
With the Astros starting 2-1, this is the first time they've been over .500 since July of 2009.
As it is every start of the MLB season, pitching is outperforming hitting. Thirteen starters went at least seven innings without allowing an earned run over the first "official" week of the season.
Halladay, Verlander, Weaver 8
Arrieta, Greinke, Cueto, Harrell, Hunter, Lowe, Morrow, Richard 7
I'm excited for the promotion of Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz was acquired by the Rockies from the Indians in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal last summer. The Rockies official website has stated that Drew will be making his 2012 debut next Saturday in Colorado, against the D-Backs. He'll be limited as far as innings goes this year, but he should be fun to watch.
1. Chad Billingsly (LAD) - 8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 ER, 1 W
2. Roy Halladay (Phi) - 8 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 0 ER, 1 W
3. Ryan Dempster (Chi-N) - 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
1. J.P. Arencibia (Tor) - 12 AB, 1 H, 6 K, .083 OBP
2. Ike Davis (NYM) - 11 AB, 0 H, 5 K
3. Mark Melancon (Bos) - 2 G, 1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BS, .714 BAA, 36.00 ERA, 2 L
Notable pitching matchups for the week of 4/9-4/15: 4/9 H. Noesi (Sea) vs Y. Darvish (Tex) 4/10 B. Beavan (Sea) vs N. Feliz (TX) 4/11 S. Strasburg (Was) vs J. Santana (NYM), J. Shields (TB) vs J. Verlander (Det) 4/13 D. Price (TB) vs J. Beckett (Bos)