Yes, we will take TWO out of THREE every time! (and all ONE-RUN games, at that!)
(covered Opening Day in previous post )
Each of the second and third game saw the M’s earn FIVE runs (one short of a win in one game and just enough to win the other). So, in the two games combined, they had EIGHTEEN hits, FIVE doubles, THREE homers and FIVE walks . . . very decent production.
Mitch is on F I R E !!!
I know, it’s only three games but, still . . . fun to see him leading the majors in BA/OBP/OPS/SLG 🙂 especially since I picked him to be the best “new-comer” last season and he was off to a great start but, then got hurt (a couple times 😦 )
Speaking of injuries . . .
oh, Nellie! a homer in each of the first TWO games and then some freak accident, turning his ankle stepping into the dugout 😦
spectacular wall-climbing catch on Saturday: Ichiro’s robbery
On the MOUND
- James had a bit of a blip on Saturday (OK – giving up a grand slam in the first inning is not how anyone draws it out) but, he’s allowed a mulligan or two if he can just stay HEALTHY this season (please! please! please!).
- Mike Leake had a nice > quality start in Sunday’s game: SEVEN innings – FIVE hits – TWO earned runs – THREE walks – FOUR strikeouts
- Overall, the BULLY was pretty great. As mentioned, Eddie’s save on Thursday was a bit of an adventure but, Sunday’s was a gem: 1-2-3 SIT!!! The pen followed up James’ short and not so sweet outing with FOUR.ONE innings of HITLESS, SCORELESS ball!
So, really seems that it all comes down to health . . .
- Seems like the new guys (Gordon, Healy, Marjama) really have a chance to contribute.
- Kyle off to a slow start (but, then, you can pretty much draw up his season in PEN – slow start but great defense and in the end .260 w/25 homers.
- As mention, Mitch is hot and Robbie’s not far behind, Segura should be steady.
- Get well soon, Nellie and Zu!
- And, of course the arms . . . please protect the arms!
Next up – short 2-game series w/the Giants in SanFran and then the Twins home-opener (another Thursday/Saturday/Sunday series) then off to Kansas City for three).