Halladay First To Win 3 Games
Roy Halladay 3-0, 3.00 became the first pitcher in the major leagues to record his third win of the 2009 season. Kevin Millar hit a grand slam to lead the offense in the 9-2 victory posted by the Blue Jays over the Twins. The win gave the Blue Jays a one game lead over the second place Orioles in the AL East and they host the A’s in a weekend series starting today.
Cliff Lee 1-2, 6.75 pitched the Indians to a 10-2 win over the Yankees in the first game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium. Lee has improved with each start since April 6 when he gave up seven runs in five innings. He allowed one run in six innings yesterday while his mound opponent C.C. Sabathia gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings. The Indians scored nine times in the seventh inning which was highlighted by a Grady Sizemore grand slam. The Yankee fans were chanting “We want Swisher” when the Indians scored the nine runs in the seventh inning.
John Danks 1-0, 0.75 pitched the White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Rays behind a 14 hit attack but the White Sox left eleven runners on base. The Rays had four stolen bases in the game with three of them coming with Bobby Jenks on the mound. Carlos Pena homered to move into a three way tie with Nelson Cruz and Evan Longoria for the major league lead with his fifth homer….Joe Saunders 2-1, 2.18 defeated the Mariners 5-1 as the Angels ended the six game winning streak of the Mariners. If the Angels had lost they would have been in the AL West cellar by themselves.
The Marlins defeated the Braves 6-2 as they swept the Braves and had another solid pitching performance. Anibal Sanchez 1-0, 1.64. limited the Braves to two runs in six innings on the mound. Cody Ross homered twice and drove in four runs in the contest….Lance Berkman powered the Astros to a 6-3 win over the Pirates with a three run homer in the sixth inning….The Cardinals took a 7-4 victory over the Cubs behind the pitching of Adam Wainwright 2-0, 2.31 and the hitting of Chris Duncan who homered and drove in three runs. Kosuke Fukudome homered and drove in the three runs for the losing Cubs. The Cubs bullpen allowed four runs over the last four innings.
Four Nationals homered as they won their first game of the season with a 8-2 win over the world champion Phillies….Chase Headley was 4 for 4 in the Padres 6-5 defeat of the Mets and kept them in a first place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West….Eric Stults 2-0, 2.61 is making a bid to be the fifth starter when Hiroki Kuroda returns from the disabled list later this season. He has pitched much better than his competition James McDonald who is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. Stults pitched the Dodgers to a 7-2 win over the Giants who continue to struggle with Barry Zito on the mound.
Zito is now 0-2 and has an ERA of 10.00. He is now 21-32 since joining the Giants and is due to make $18.5 million this season. That will make a total of $43 million he will have made by the end of this season for 21 wins as of right now. The Giants still owe him $83 million even if they buy out the last year of his contract in 2014. Matt Cain is the only Giants starter to record a win with the other starters combining for an 0-6 record. The Giants thought they had improved the pitching with the acquisition of Randy Johnson 0-2, 11.42 but it is not a foregone conclusion that he can win the five games he needs to notch his 300th win of the season. The Giants are 25th in the majors in pitching with a 6.21 ERA and are not hitting well either with them being 29th in home runs with 5.
Standings Turned Upside Down
It is still very early in a long baseball season but there are some early surprises in the standings. The AL East has the Blue Jays in first place who are getting good pitching and good hitting. The ALDS winning Red Sox are only 3-6 and are already four games behind the first place Blue Jays. The AL Central has a three way tie with the White Sox, Tigers and Royals all having 5-4 records. The Mariners lead the AL West with a two and a half game lead over the Rangers, Angels and A’s who are tied for last place.
The surprising Marlins are in first place in the NL East with the best record in the majors with an 8-1 season so far. They hold a three game lead over the second place Braves. The Cardinals hold a two game lead over the second place Cubs in the NL Central. The Padres and Dodgers are tied for first in the NL West with a two game lead over the Rockies.
The Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball with a five game winning streak. Marlins are next best with a four game winning streak. The Giants have the longest losing streak at 6 games. Rays and Braves have the next longest losing streak with each team losing their last three games.
The Blue Jays have scored 77 runs which is the most in the majors. Rangers are next with 71 runs. The Astros have scored the least runs with 26 in nine games and the Royals are second with 31 runs. The Dodgers have given up the least runs allowing only 30 runs in ten games. The Royals are second with 29 runs allowed.