Aside from Bobby Valentine taking his disdain for Curt Schilling to the media and making things worse in a radio interview this past week, the first true sign that there was a new sheriff in town has come by Valentine saying about Kevin Youkilis he not “into the game” as much as he used to be. People are going to try to bash Valentine for throwing one of his guys under the bus, but frankly I agree with him. Look at Youk’s numbers the last couple of seasons. Nonetheless it appears Dustin Pedroia (the face of the franchise) isn’t happy. “I don’t really know what Bobby’s trying to do, but that’s not the way we do things here. Maybe that stuff works in Japan.” Pedroia told The Boston Globe. Youkilis is out of today’s game with groin soreness.
- Jordan Schafer is day-to-day with a head injury he suffered sliding into Jose Reyes. Schafer just said he was a little dizzy, so it doesn’t sound like much but he also has not been tested for a concussion.
- After hitting .192 against south paws last season, Jason Heyward is 5 for 13 this season including a home run yesterday.
- Lance Berkman should be ready to go on Tuesday, but his replacement yesterday wasn’t half bad. Rookie Matt Carpenter went 4 for 4 with a home run and 5 RBI.
- Torii Hunter said that he would like to keep playing baseball with his son who is currently a senior in high school.
- Cole Hamels struck out 10 yesterday for the Phillies.
- Neftali Feliz the starter has had a very good beginning to his new life, but needs to keep the change up down.
- Brian Dozier will be up with the Twins sooner or later (probably May).
TB @ Bos – Shields @ Bard – Shields is a must start despite Boston’s recent run. Bard got 17 swings and misses in his last start. Get them both in there
Minn @ NYY – Liriano @ Sabathia – Advantage Sabathia. I don’t trust Liriano
Hou @ WASH – Weiland @ Strasburg – Advantage Strasburg. You can sit Weiland.
NYM @ ATL – Gee @ Hanson – Hanson has gotten strikeouts despite decreased velocity. I’m worried about him, but you can’t not start him. Gee is a toss up – he did have 6 K to 1 BB in his other start.
Batl @ Chi Sox – Arrieta @ Humber – Humber makes his first start of the year.
Detroit @ KC – Verlander @ Duffy – Duffy is a trendy name, but he gets a tough draw. Sit him against a good offense and a great pitcher.
San Diego @ Col – Luebke @ Moyer – I don’t feel comfortable sending my grampa to the mound, so why would I feel comfortable starting Moyer? Luebke needs a good start.
Pitt @ Arizona – Karstens @ Kennedy – Sit Karstens start Kennedy. Karstens isn’t getting as many ground balls in the early going.
Oak @ Angels – McCarthy @ Weaver – Start them both. The Angels had to fly across the country last night.
Cleveland @ Seattle – Masterson @ Millwood – Start Masterson. The Indians are tied for the MLB lead in home runs as a team. I don’t know if I feel safe starting Millwood against that number.
Philadelphia @ San Francisco – Halladay @ Lincecum. Cy Young vs. Cy Young. You don’t need advice here, but it might be worth staying up a little later.