Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Leading things off…
By ESPN Stats & Info
Leadoff hitters may have gotten the memo from our initial post today, referencing their struggles so far throughout 2010. In five of this afternoon's games, the No. 1 hitter in the lineup had a major impact.
In the Cubs-Brewers game
Rickie Weeks was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI
Ryan Theriot was 4-for-5 with 2 RBI
In the Royals-Tigers game
David DeJesus was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI
In the Red Sox-Twins game
Marco Scutaro was 2-for-5 with an RBI
Denard Span was 0-for-1, but drew 4 walks
In the Angels-Yankees game
Erick Aybar was 2-for-4 with an RBI
Derek Jeter was 2-for-4
In the Pirates-Giants game
Aaron Rowand was 2-for-4 with a HR and 2 RBI
Elsewhere around the majors ...
* Joel Pineiro was true to his 2009 form on Wednesday in beating the New York Yankees. He induced 12 ground outs and four air outs, with seven strikeouts. Last season, Pineiro's ground out-air out rate was 2.22, edging Derek Lowe by a hair for best in the majors.
Against Pineiro and company, Alex Rodriguez extended his homerless drought to 35 at-bats. That's his longest to start a season since a 38 at-bat drought to start 2001.
* Javier Vazquez has failed to pitch through the sixth inning in each of his first two starts for the Yankees this season.
Last year, Vazquez failed pitched at least six innings in only four of his 32 starts. His first start of less than six innings didn't come until May 20 last season (ninth start of season). His 28 starts of 6+ IP were tied for sixth-most in the National League last year.
* The Baltimore Orioles allowed three three-run home runs to the Rays in less than 24 hours, including a pair to Carlos Pena (one on Tuesday, one on Wednesday) in losing twice to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles allowed 26 three-run home runs last season, one shy of the major league lead. The 2009 leader? None other than the Rays, with 27.
* Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth home run in his eighth game of the season. Last year, it took Pedroia 81 games to reach four home runs.
* The early contender for best pitching performance of the day is Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants. Nine of his 11 strikeouts came via offspeed offerings. It wasn't quite the no-hit stuff he showed against the Padres last season, but was impressive nonetheless.