Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Opening Day Channel Surfing

The following consists of a few rambling observations while flipping through the MLB package on Timer Warner Cable in Manhattan.

What can be said about Albert Pujols? He starts the year with four hits and two homeruns.

Gaby Sanchez doesn’t look like much of a player, but he’s got a sweet righty swing.

Orlando Cabrera looks really bad defensively, which used to be his strength. He couldn't make a play on a relatively routine hopper a few steps to his left.

What a play by Buehrle! A kick-save turns a comebacker into a dribbler down the line, near 1st base. He shovels the ball with his glove, through his legs, while he’s falling out of bounds. Check out the video here...

More observations…

Dodgers are getting spanked by the Pirates, 8 to 2 in the 6th. What kind of photographs or other blackmail device does Vicente Padilla have over Joe Torre?

Kyle McClellan is showing very good stuff as the Cardinals’ primary set-up man. He may be next in line for saves, and I thought Jason Motte was Ryan Franklin’s understudy all along.

Greg Zaum looks like an ax murderer, with a long mountain man beard.

Troy Glaus looks really tall, which I think is a good thing. Maybe his posture has improved.

Jason Heyward is impressive, even when he strikes out looking.

The Cubs are just horrible.*

Inside the Park Homerun for Stephen Drew, wow.

Tim Lincecum looked great, going 7 scoreless innings with 4 hits, 0 walks, and 7 strikeouts.

Felix Hernandez looked unhittable, as well. Unfortunately, he has not found his groove to maintain impeccable control. He only gave up 3 hits, but walked 6 batters before leaving with 2 out in the 7th inning.

Delmon Young did in fact start his season off on the right foot, with two hits, including a Homerun.

Oh man, someone had an amazing mullet, but I can't remember right now who it was. Let's keep an eye out for this mullet. I know it's on a white guy with dark brown or black hair. I can't wait to remember or see him again; let's hope he doesn't get a haircut.

"Thank you" to Good Friends players with Homeruns yesterday: Colby Rasmus, Ian Stewart, Jason Heyward, and Kyle Blanks.

*I think the Cubs were only down two or three runs when I wrote that they are horrible. Marlon Byrd’s 3-run Homerun was a pleasant surprise, but his lack of range in the outfield is disgusting.

No Day Games today, which is a good thing for the American work force. Tonight, I’ll be keeping my eye on the NY/Boston game and want to see how Carlos Gonzalez and Ian Stewart do against a left-handed starter I Milwaukee. Now, let’s get to work and enjoy the light schedule of contests tonight.

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