April Fools Day Fantasy News

Posted: April 2, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports, Uncategorized
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Rejoice Royals fans! You are undefeated...in April!!

It’s after midnight…so it’s not OFFICIALLY April Fools Day anymore.  Does that mean you can trust everything you read in this post?  Enter at your own risk.  It’s late, I’m tired and I think I just watched the worst movie ever made.  If you never saw The Box do me a favor…DON’T!!!!

Let’s start with the first game this afternoon…Astros at Phillies.  Mentioned it yesterday…Randy Myers vs. Roy Halladay.   If you could bet on which one of those 2 pitchers would go 7 innings and only give up 3 hits which one would it be?  Of course!  It was Randy Myers.  We all would have lost.  Also in the game Brandon Lyon blew the save…seems to be the trend already this year.

Except in LA….where you can’t beat up their fans…or their team!  Donnie Baseball is 2-0 as manager and Jonathan Broxton has 2 saves already.  They’ve gotten 2 great starts so far from Kershaw last night and Billingsley tonight.

Red Sox Nation is hoping Friday’s game was some kind of joke.  In a matchup of 2 powerful offenses, the defending AL champion Rangers were too much for the preseason favorite Boston.  Red Sox Ace Jon Lester gave up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings.  After ending last season 3rd in the AL in strikeouts, Lester had 0 in Friday’s game.  Daniel Bard looked like the second coming of Eric Plunk in this game.  AGone looks like he justified people reaching for him early in drafts..and there was a Big Papi sighting.  Impressive homer off a lefty to tie the game at one point.

In Cleveland the scoreboard looked like a Browns/Bears game.  Lots of offense in this one.  In most of the games compared to yesterday.  Adam Dunn showed he is adjusting to the AL just fine with a homer and 4 RBIs.  He was topped by his teammate Carlos Quentin with a homer and 5 RBIs.  On the other end of the scale there is of course Indians #1 pitcher Fausto Carmona giving up 10 ERs in just 3 innings.

In another surprising pitching matchup….TB phenom David Price vs Orioles journeyman Jeremy Guthrie.  Which one throws 8 innings of 3 hit ball?  Of course it’s Guthrie!

Brandon Belt…first major league homer Friday night!  If you’re a follower of my posts you were not surprised by this.  I can’t set your lineups for you!

King Felix – Felix Hernandez of Seattle had the major league’s first complete game of the season.

See above for the picture of Kila Ka-aihue’s walkoff homer to lead the Royals to the Opening Day victory over the Angels.  I just love typing that name.  Actually at 1:41 AM…I really don’t.  THE ROYALS AND PIRATES ARE UNDEFEATED AND IN FIRST PLACE.  Of course it’s April Fool’s Day…

Saving the best for last…Toronto C JP Arencibia….wasn’t even guaranteed the starting job or many ABs so he was low on draft boards.  Well he exploded out of the gate Friday night for 2 homers and 5 RBIs.  I don’t need a calculator to tell you what kind of blistering pace he is on.  Odds are he won’t keep it up! Remember when he got called up last summer.  Hot out of the gate and then he cooled off.

Hopefully some time this weekend I’ll get some injury updates posted, maybe a report on the closer situation.

Actually 1 injury to report Cardinals OF Matt Holliday got his appendix removed, no timetable for his return.  Check back for his status for next week.

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Comments
  1. Sean Haverty says:

    The only box I want to see should have a landing strip directly above it.

  2. toosoxy says:

    The Box: Terrible movie.
    Yesterday’s Sox game: Much, much worse.
    Lackey better bring it tonight…
    It’s going to be a long season. But I plan to enjoy every minute of it…

  3. BoSox says:

    The Red Sox may have lost that game yesterday but it was only one game. We both know what will happen by seasons end, the Boston Red Sox will win the American League East.

    Nobody can even point to one weakness on this team. Epstein is an amazing GM and completely embarrased Stank Steinbrenner this offseason (along with some help from Phillies Amaro). Adding Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to this lineup was brilliant.

    In the field, the Sox will be flashing more leather than the crowd at a Lady Gaga concert. With six former Gold Glovers on the bench, four of whom should be everyday starters, the Olde Towne Team looks to be a pretty solid one defensively. Both Gonzalez and Crawford have won the award, and while Gonzo joins an infield that already boasts two former winners in Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis. Crawford takes over one of the most storied pieces of real estate in the history of sports: left field at Fenway Park.

    Beckett is due to rebound this year to the Cy Young standard we fans expect. Even if Beckett struggles again this year, the rest of the rotation, featuring John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield has a couple of tested veterans with proven track records of being reliable Major League starting pitchers.

    I know they lost 9-5 to the Rangers on opening day, but consider the lineup they trotted out: Jacoby Ellsbury, CF; Pedroia, 2B; Crawford, LF; Youkilis, 3B; Gonzalez, 1B; David Ortiz, DH; Mike Cameron, RF; Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C; Marco Scutaro, SS.

    I think the pedigrees of hitters one through six speak for themselves. Cameron, batting out of the seven hole, though past his prime, is one of just 15 players in MLB history to have hit four home runs in one game, accomplishing the tremendous feat in 2002. Not bad for your number seven hitter.

    Sure, the Yankees have a pretty potent lineup themselves. Tampa Bay is no joke either. Baltimore, despite all the preseason rumblings of new skipper Buck Showalter, doesn’t scare me at all.

    It’s still down to the Yankees, Rays and Sox, and Boston has the horses to win the race.

    Pitching will be a problem in the Bronx this summer, and many of the Yankees key men are getting conspicuously long in the tooth. Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter were born during the Nixon administration, while Alex Rodriguez came into the world while Gerald Ford was in the White House.

    On the mound, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes will need to come up big for the Yankees in 2011, while it seems they will also look to veteran Freddy Garcia to bolster the rotation. With CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett at the front end, while still strong, the New York starting five look somewhat suspect. I think the Red Sox are just better.

    The Red Sox will win the American League East. I’ll say it again. They have a pair of 40-plus stolen base guys in Crawford and Ellsbury in addition to all the aforementioned assets. No other team in the East boasts such power and speed in one lineup.

    The pitching is obviously the area that bears the most scrutiny, and as I said, they have the horses.

    They’re going to beat the Yankees like a gong, and I’m going to revel in it.

    My prediction: The Red Sox go 98-64, topping Tampa Bay for the AL East crown. The Yankees win 89 games, and the New York media are feasting on the blood of Joe Girardi and AJ Burnett by the first week of August.

    It’s going to be a beautiful thing!!!!

  4. frankthetank44 says:

    I forgot to add the Royals are undefeated IN APRIL. Not as funny 12 hours after the fact.

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