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Old 04-11-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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Well, the WhiteSox are over .500 at 3-2. Might be the only time all year a Chicago team is over .500 so this is probably noteworthy.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Matt Cain, after being knocked around in his first start, this afternoon pitched the best ballgame of the year so far. It was a complete game, one hit shutout, 11 strikeouts and zero walks. The Pirates were the victims. His game score of 96 easily outpaces the competition to date:

Chad Billingsley, LAD 4/6 @ SD W 6-0 87
Matt Garza, CHC 4/12 MIL W 8-0 85
Justin Verlander, DET 4/5 BOS W 3-2 84
Jered Weaver, LAA 4/6 KC W 5-0 84
Roy Halladay, PHI 4/5 @ PIT W 1-0 83
Barry Zito, SF 4/9 @ COL W 7-0 83
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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Logjam in the AL East. Could become even tighter if the Bosox can sweep the Rays.


One of the late night comedians said that when the Mets realized they were 4-0 they all had themselves checked for steroids.

And that there was an awkward moment during Magic Johnson's pep talk to the Dodgers when he said, "Now get out there and beat the Celtics!"
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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What's going on in Cincinnati? They've got a contender, and played the world series champs in their home opener, and drew only 16,000 (40% of capacity). Even the Astros had a bigger crowd than that tonight (17,000)
Attendance during the recent series in Baltimore was also disappointing. Judging by the crowd noise in Game 2, Oriole fans outnumbered Yankee fans by no more than 60/40.

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Old 04-14-2012, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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What's going on in Cincinnati? They've got a contender, and played the world series champs in their home opener, and drew only 16,000 (40% of capacity).
The Reds opened the season at home against the Marlins on Opening Day April 5. Not only was it a sellout, it was a regular season record attendance at GABP.

Now ... Why no one wanted to go to the ballpark to see the Cardinals is separate issue.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The Reds opened the season at home against the Marlins on Opening Day April 5. Not only was it a sellout, it was a regular season record attendance at GABP.

Now ... Why no one wanted to go to the ballpark to see the Cardinals is separate issue.
You're right, I had thought at the time that that was the Reds home opener, but it was not. The absence of Pujols is obviously a factor in why the Cards will not draw so well on the road.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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The absence of Pujols is obviously a factor in why the Cards will not draw so well on the road.
I'm going to guess that the low attendance also can be partially blamed on the fact that it was cold (relatively) and that it was ... Monday.

GABP often does a brisk walkup business if the weather's good. But Reds fans can be fair-weather fans in the literal sense, too.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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I wonder if Zito will have a decent year. What a divet so far.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:54 PM
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How about the start the Nationals are having (7-2)? They've got a five-game winning streak going. The Astros are also off to better start than in recent years (3-4 going into tonight's game and are currently taking the lead against Miami in the ninth). They've been in just about every game they've played and are playing hard. And the Dodgers are looking really good early.

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I'm going to guess that the low attendance also can be partially blamed on the fact that it was cold (relatively) and that it was ... Monday.

GABP often does a brisk walkup business if the weather's good. But Reds fans can be fair-weather fans in the literal sense, too.
Typically, in many places, attendance is going to be down early in the season just about every year for a variety of reasons (mainly kids still in school). When school lets out and the summer sets in, attendance usually jumps on weekends and more than now on weekdays.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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How about the start the Nationals are having (7-2)? They've got a five-game winning streak going. The Astros are also off to better start than in recent years (3-4 going into tonight's game and are currently taking the lead against Miami in the ninth). They've been in just about every game they've played and are playing hard. And the Dodgers are looking really good early.
Means nothing. Every team from last season had a stretch of baseball where they won a lot of games. Not every team was good. A bad team winning 7 of 10 to start the season is no different than a bad team winning 7 of 10 in August.

I have the Nationals winning about 85 games and LA a bit under .500
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