With most of the northeast underwater, there were a couple of rainouts today (including the entire AA Eastern League), but there was also a doubleheader in Atlanta, so there was plenty of baseball.
Speaking of that doubleheader, the Mets dropped both games.
-That’s probably the most predictable thing to happen today, but the Mets played back-to-back doubleheaders and lost both of them. The only time that’s happened in the past ten years happened to the Tigers, in the final week of last season.
–That’s seven straight for the Amazins, their first such streak since an 11-game losing streak in late August 2004. That team went 71-91.
—Jair Jurrjens tossed seven innings of two-hit shutout ball in his first start off the DL.
—-Opening Day starter Mike Pelfrey’s ERA is 9.62.
—–Chipper Jones homered, making this his 17th straight season with a home run against the Mets. He joins Mike Schmidt and Willie Stargell as the only players to ever do that.
The Red Sox won. These days, that’s unpredictable.
-Jason Varitek threw out a would-be base stealer.
–Josh Beckett had another stellar outing. It’s the first time he put together back-to-back starts of 7+ innings and 2 or fewer runs since August 2009.
A Sean O’Sullivan-Felix Hernandez game ended in a 7-0 score.
-In favor of Kansas City.
The Rangers-Yankees game was not delayed by rain at any point. That’s pretty nuts given how hard it’s been raining here pretty much nonstop since 1.
-The Yankees went 0-5 with RISP, but won 5-2 anyway.
–Freddy Garcia threw six innings of two-hit shutout ball.
—That’s his first scoreless outing since September 19th, 2006.
—-That was 53 starts and one one-inning relief appearance ago.
Jake Fox, who hit ten home runs in Spring Training, finally hit his first of the regular season.
Juan Pierre was caught stealing for the fifth time.
-That’s more than 25 whole teams.
Carlos Lee made a nice defensive play.
-Seriously, Carlos Lee.
Both Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro were a triple away from the cycle.
Joe Nathan, who has been very good at limiting walks and home runs in his career, blew the save again tonight. His recovery from Tommy John surgery has not been smooth.
-He gave up a home run, then walked three batters sandwiched around two outs before giving up a walkoff single to Johnny Damon.
Prior to tonight, Dallas Braden had a 6.75 ERA in eight starts against the Tigers, during which they hit .316/.356/.542/.899 of him.
-He gave up one unearned run on three hits through five innings tonight before being pulled with shoulder stiffness.
–Justin Verlander threw what can only be described as a pickoff throw to home plate. Video forthcoming if and when it becomes available. (update: Here it is. I still have no idea exactly what happened here.)
—In this series, Phil Coke and Rick Porcello have outpitched Verlander.
Congratulations to Tyler Chatwood on his first big league win.
-Brandon Wood got a hit!
–Vernon Wells got two hits!