Nothing makes a team look more helpless than being shutout. Doing so on Opening Day makes it seem worse than it was. Doing so two consecutive Opening Days makes it really annoying.
Truth is, on a cold day against Chris Sale, a lot of teams are going to look pretty helpless. I am unsure whether Sale can hold up for a full season (he faded considerably late last season), but you don't want any part of him early on: especially if you hit from the left side.
This afternoon, Jake Peavy will confront the Royals. The almost 32 year old right hander will come at the boys with a fastball (four seam, two seam and cut), slider, curve and change. Early in his career, Peavy seldom used his curveball or the cutter, but gradually increased usage of both from 2008 on. In 2012, Peavy used his curveball more and his slider less:
- Four seam fastball - 35.9%
- Two seam fastball - 12.7%
- Cutter - 15.0%
- Slider - 12.5%
- Curve - 13.1%
- Change - 10.9%
- After refusing to play much small ball on Monday, can Ned Yost resist the temptation to bunt early and often today? Should he? It's cold and another tough pitcher on the mound. Hell, I might actually advocate a bunt at some point.
- The morning guys on 610 today (I know, I made a mistake by listening and luckily the later we go in spring the worse reception I get up here so I won't be so tempted) basically made this analysis: if you are into sabremetric, you don't care if a team wins or loses. I'm not lying. Pretty sure, Bob Fescoe and sidekick are the lunkhead party boys from high school who never realized that no one thought they were cool.
- Is the 2013 Houston Astros lineup worse than what the Royals put on the field in the summers of 2005 and 2006? That said, Yu Darvish was filthy last night.