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Old 04-05-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think we had a thread something like this last year. A place to comment on what happened in today's (or yesterday's) games in MLB. Outstanding performances, controversial events, or just oddities.

Tonight, starting pitchers Edinson Volquez and Clayton Kershaw broke up each other's no-hitters. I wonder how long it's been since that happened.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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Lohse, Lester, Verlander, Hanson, Santana, Halladay, Bedard, Strasburg, Dempster, Masterson, Buehrle, Cueto and Kershaw. Plenty of impressive starting pitching already.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:39 PM
 
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Lohse, Lester, Verlander, Hanson, Santana, Halladay, Bedard, Strasburg, Dempster, Masterson, Buehrle, Cueto and Kershaw. Plenty of impressive starting pitching already.
Funny how it always works out that the ace of the staff seems to start on opening day, well rested.

Having said that, in 2011, on opening day, there was an average of 9.3 runs scored per game.

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Old 04-06-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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Funny how it always works out that the ace of the staff seems to start on opening day, well rested.

Having said that, in 2011, on opening day, there was an average of 9.3 runs scored per game.
Yeah, I remember that some of the starters were not very effective. Verlander and Buehrle are two that come to mind.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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Royals closer Greg Holland has, on opening day, allowed more inherited runners to score than he did in all of 2011. (Besides Jose Valverde, who on opening day blew more saves than he did in all of 2011.)
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:57 AM
 
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Royals closer Greg Holland has, on opening day, allowed more inherited runners to score than he did in all of 2011. (Besides Jose Valverde, who on opening day blew more saves than he did in all of 2011.)
And Rivera's first outing was not pretty.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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Ian Kinsler couldn't get a contract extension before the beginning of the season liked he had hoped but he went 2-4 with a double and a HR yesterday in a Rangers win in front of over 49,000 fans.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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Default Whooda Thunk It?

After Lincecum, Bumgarner and Cain all got treated roughly by the Diamondbacks in their opening efforts, the Giants went to Denver today and sent the no positive expectations Barry Zito out to stop the Rockies.

Damned if he didn't throw his first complete game shutout since he was an A in 2003. He only struck out four, but he walked no one, throwing 71 strikes out of 114 pitches.

Zito looked like he has completed his metamorphosis into a 100% junkballer. He was soft tossing it out there today, but consistently hitting the borders of the strike zone with slow benders. His fastball was reserved for when he could surpise them with it, which he needed to do since it now tops out around 84 mph. What followed was primarily a bunch of harmless flyballs.

I don't expect Zito to be able to keep this level of performance up over a long stretch, harmless flyballs in one game tend to become bombs in another. However, if he stays healthy, he should be able to pile up a lot of innings with his current approach, he certainly isn't putting very much strain on his arm.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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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)
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:12 PM
 
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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)
That's the first thing I noticed, even the cubs drew bad as well. B'more didn't draw well either. Remember when the reds were well on their way to a division title a couple ago they didn't draw well that year nor the year after. Not everyone can draw like the brewers, 3 straight sell outs to start the year.
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