R.A. Dickey has pitched just 10.2 innings for the Toronto Blue Jays, and fans are already booing him! He has not been good, there is no doubting that. He has allowed 15 hits, 12 runs, 10 earned runs, 3 homers, walked 6 and struck out 9. His ERA is 8.44, his WHIP sits right under 2 and the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox hit .326. Not for nothing, the Blue Jays offense has scored 1 run in his two starts. I think Dickey will be fine, not matching last seasons stats, but good enough to win 12-15 games for this ball club, but if the Jays don't get the bats going, it won't matter how good R.A. throws the knuckler.
Toronto managed just 9 runs this weekend and were shut out last night by Jon Lester, after J.A. Happ shut out the Boston Red Sox the night before. Jose Reyes had 8 hits this weekend, including 3 XBH (2 2b, 1 hr) in the series opener. You know its bad when even with his speed and his hot start, Reyes scored just once and did it himself.
Will Middlebrooks hit 4 home runs off Jays pitching, including 3 of them last night. He is slugging .880 at the moment.
Jon Lester improved to 2-0 on the year and has looked like Jon Lester of 2010 when he won 19 games. He has 13 striekes out to just 2 walks over 12 innings.
Kevin Youkilis has already hit 4 doubles and home run for the Yankees, who lost 2 of 3 in Detroit this weekend. The Yankees offense has struggled, as we all figured, without Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, but it is the poor play of Robinson cano and Ichiro Suzuki that is puzzling.
Cano was just 2 for 12 and Ichiro went 1 for 9. Together they have scored 3 runs and have 1 RBI and 0 XBH.
The Pitching has not been much better, as Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova both failed to last 5 innings against the Tigers powerful lineup. C.C. Sabathia rebounded very nicely after a rough first start, pitching 7 shutout innings while beating Justin Verlander.
Verlander struggled early allowing 3 earned runs in the 2nd inning, including a 2 run homer to Jayson Nix. He recovered and pitched 5 innings of shutout ball in a losing effort.
Before being shutout in the series finale, the Tigers scored 8 runs in each of the first two contests. Prince Fielder went yard twice in the opener driving in 5 runs and added 2 more RBI in game 2.
Chris Davis added 6 RBI to his league leading 17 this weekend against the Twins, with 5 in the series opener, aided by a grand slam.
Adam Jones chipped in with 5 RBI as well, on 7 hits including 2 doubles and scored 4 times.
Oddly enough, the Minnesota Twins took the series 2-1. Glen Perkins picked up his first two saves of the season. Chris Parmelee had an RBI in each game, 4 in total.
In one of the weirdest series this weekend, the Indians and Rays played to 3 shutouts. The Rays shut out the Indians the first two games, before losing 13-0 in the series finale.
In game 1, Michael Bourn's single and double were all the Cleveland Indians could muster against Matt Moore and Tampa Bays bullpen. Game 2 saw Trevor Bauer make his Indians debut and walked 7 over 5 innings, picking up the loss. Alex Cobb pitched a gem, striking out 6 over 7.1 innings as the Indians scattered just 4 singles. Last night finale was Ace vs Ace, Justin Masterson vs David Price and it was Masterson who was masterful and Price who looked cheap!
Price lasted just 5 innings as the Indians scored 8 runs on 10 hits, including 2 home runs. The Rays are now 0-2 in Price's starts and he has looked pretty bad. In 11 innings, he has given up 17 hits, 10 earned runs, 3 home runs and just 7 strike outs to 5 walks.
Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds teed off on Rays pitching last night combining for 10 hits, 10 RBI, 4 doubles, and 3 home runs!
The Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners played to three 1 run games, 2 that went to extra innings. The Mariners needed 6 XBH to beat the White Sox in the opener, the Sox bullpen almost blew the lead in the 8th of the second game, and Dayan Viciedo hit a walkoff home run last night to take the series from the Mariners.
Addison Reed picked up his 3rd save and earned a W.
Michael Morse hit his league leading 5th home run of the season.
The Sox beat Felix Hernandez who gave up 4 earned runs over 6.1 innings.
The Oakland Athletics out scored the Houston Astros 24-9 as the Astros fell to 1-5 at home this season. Dan Straily was fantastic in the series opener, striking out 11 'Stros in 6.2 innings while awarding no base on balls. Bartolo Colon than made his season debut, returning from a 50 game suspension, picking up a W. He lasted 6 innings, giving up 3 earned runs 8 hits. Brett Anderson finished them off with 10 strikeouts of his own over 6 innings. He allowed 2 unearned runs along the way. Grant Balfour picked up his first save of the year.
Coco Crisp homered in all 3 games and picked up 7 hits (4 doubles) and 5 RBI.
Jason Vargas and Derek Holland battled as the Texas Rangers took the series opener from the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers scored a run in the 7th and 8th to win 3-2. Joe Nathan picked up his first save.
Game 2 featured 500 pounds of pitching between Matt Harrison and Tommy Hanson. Hanson won his first start as an Angel and Harrison fell to 0-2. Harrison has lasted 10.2 innings over two starts and allowed 10 earned runs. Albert Pujols went yard twice to pick up his first home runs of the season. Mark Trumbo also hit his first Trumbomb of the season.
Sunday Night Baseball featured Jered Weaver vs Yu Darvish and they disappointed, just like every other pitching matchup this weekend. Both pitchers got injured and they eached walked 4 batters over 5 innings. Darvish picked up his 2nd win.
Ian Kinsler notched 6 hits this weekend, with 2 home runs, 6 RBI and 3 runs scored.