Friday, April 11, 2014

4.11 Random Sampling

Some of the series i'll be keeping an eye on this weekend:

Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers

The D-Backs got their second consecutive win but are still in last place. I did catch some of the D-Backs/Giants game last night as I listened from about the third to the sixth inning. The game was pretty entertaining and the Giants had a 1-run lead by the time I went to sleep but by about 9:45 I was to tired to pay attention to anything other than sleep

Blue Jays vs. Orioles

AKA the one AL East match up that's not going to be all over national television this weekend. That being said nobody in the AL East has gotten off to a scorching start thus far and if either of these teams is looking to make a surprise playoff run, a nice series sweep would be a good place to start. Also, if Edwin Encarnacion could improve on his 6 for 37 start, that would be great too.

Mets vs. Angels

The Mets are limping along to a 4-5 start and it would be nice if David Wright would get his OPS+ above 79 and get past his slow start or else I might be in 11th place in Fantasy for awhile. The Angels got a large setback as Josh Hamilton is out 6 to 8 weeks, right when it seemed like he was bouncing back from a rough first season in Anaheim.

Nationals vs. Braves

The Nationals in addition to being off to a 7-2 start, also get the award (thus far) for doing the most to help my fantasy team's efforts as getting grand slams on back to back days from Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth have helped give me a slight advantage in homers and a nice lead in the both of you, keep up the good work.

Indians vs. White Sox

A fairly important early season series for both teams as they are 5-5 and tied for second. Granted, this battle will more determine who's going to finish second to the Tigers in the AL Central but these teams have 152 games left, anything can happen.

Royals vs. Twins

Another AL Central divisional battle. The Royals are also sharing second place with the Indians and White Sox and have an opportunity to pad their record against what is looking to be another weak Twins team.

Brewers vs. Pirates

While I realize there is a lot of baseball left to be played, I am VERY happy with how the season started. Wednesday night, Me, Heather & Zeplen were watching the Brewers-Phillies game, it was the eighth inning and we were in the middle of a conversation about an unrelated topic. From the TV, we heard the volume of boos go up very high and  my first thought was, I guess Ryan Braun is now batting. As he was hitting a 2-run triple to put the Brewers up 7-4, I was making the point that it seemed contradictory for the Phillies to boo Braun as two of their players in their starting line up that night (Carlos Ruiz & Marlon Byrd) had previously been suspended for usage of Stimulants/PEDs and their starting pitcher (Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona) previously got busted using a fake that exact moment Zeplen made a noise that totally sounded like he was saying "yeah"