It’s Sunday, it’s Easter and it’s the first in a weekly series of 10 things you didn’t know this time last week.
Supposedly, if you gave an infinite number of monkeys an infinite
amount of time, laptops, boxscores and game reports, they’d make this exact post.
Let’s get to it….
- The Florida Marlins will have their best ever start to a season, going 4-0 before running into the Mets’ 5th starter.
- Toronto will be the best team in the Majors after Opening week, with Baltimore second in the AL East. The Blue Jays and Os are a combined 9-2; the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays are 7-8.
- All three Mets outfielders would have three hits in a game each for the first time since 1987.
- Nyjer Morgan would be the hottest hitter in all of fantasy baseball, going 9/23 with a triple, 5 RBI, three steals and a walk.
- Jordan Schafer would be the 99th player of all time – and fourth in the Braves franchise – to hit a home run in his first Major League at bat.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the 2011 All Star Game.
- Mets great Tom Seaver will throw out the first pitch to Mike Pizza at
Shea StadiumCiti Field on Monday.
- Brewers’ catcher Mike Rivera would actually get to start a game.
- The Mets would not blow a save during the opening week.
- A fantastic future and bright career would be cut tragically short with the death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.
And one thing we did know this time last week: That the Nationals would be 0-5 and on track to lose 162 games.
If the Nationals rode bicycles, skateboarded, played football, threw frisbees or tried to run track, I’m sure it would look something like this:
THREE teams walked off with a win, Red Sox starter Josh Beckett looked unhittable and the Phillies remain on course to lose 162 games.
Toronto’s Rod Barajas beat Detroit in the 9th inning with a sac fly, Twins 2B Alexi Casilla did it with a two-run single against the Mariners and the Astros’ Jeff Keppinger needed extra innings and a broken bat to hand heartbreak to the Cubbies.
Josh Beckett was dominant as he struck out 10 Rays and surrendered just two hits in a 5-3 win in the opening game at Fenway and the Braves blanked the Phillies behind Jair Jurrens, with Chipper Jones and Kelly Johnson going big fly.
In Chicago, Jim Thome hit a three-run bomb in the bottom of the 8th off of KC’s Kyle Farnsworth to secure a 4-2 win after Gil meche had pitched seven innings of one-run ball, while Tim Lincecum got knocked out after just three innings in the Giant’s 10-6 against Milwaukee.
The Marlins ran out to a 8-0 lead in the first three innings against the awful Nationals and never looked back as they cruised to a 8-3 win while Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven frames of shutout ball for Colorado to handcuff the Diamondbacks in the desert.
Colby Rasmus went 2/4 in his debut for the Cardinals and Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the year in a 9-3 home win against Pittburgh and Heath Bell recorded his first save in San Diego in a 4-2 victory against the Dodgers
In the evening’s lat game, Oakland plated six runs on 16 hits to dispatch of the Angels.