We’re off and running, or is it… we’re off and walkin’ off? Either way it feels great to turn on the tube and flip through some games to find the exciting ones. Or, just to watch the new team makeups and get reacquainted with the players and the game.
I really like the new unis the Twins are sporting. They are sharp and professional. Real clean. The Twins must like ’em, they shrugged off the first game… slipped back into the stylish grays and spanked the ball all over Anaheim yesterday.
Joe Mauer cracked one out of the park. So did J.J. Hardy. I really like this guy. He’s got a
little more pop then people realize and he’s a solid glove in the middle for Minnesota. But this blog is about hitting and the big hitter for the Twins was not Joe Mauer. It was Justin Morneau, the other half of the M&M boys. This guy is a regular 30/100 machine and he pelted the sphere yesterday in Cali. His two hits led to 2 big runs scored, an RBI from a blast to right field and a 5-3 Minnesota win, their first of the year.
What the heck happened in Boston yesterday? The Yanks squeek one in on a walk? Nick Johnson is hitless so far in 2010 but don’t let that fool ya. He’s got a keen eye and has an OBP of .500… not bad for no hits. A walk was as good as a hit yesterday and it drove in the winning run for New York. Robinson Cano led the offense with his 2 for 3 night that included a Homer and 2 Ribs for the visitors. Nice eye Nick…
In Wisconsin it was the big cheese Cecil Fielder checking in with a 2 for 3 night that tallied 3
runs for the Brew Crew. He also drove in one and walked twice as Milwaukee notched their first win over the Rockies. A nice night for Cecil but he was overshadowed by his infield counterpart, Casey McGeHee. I love that name, kinda rolls right off your tongue. What did Casey do? Not much, just set the tone with a 1st inning 3 run Jack. He added another hit and a walk to go 2 for 3 on the day.
It took the Rays all nine innings to finally overcome the power displayed by the O’s yesterday. It also took Carl Crawford all nine innings to finally tally his first hit of the season. Oh, but it was a good one. His two run bases-loaded double in the bottom of the ninth was a game winner as the Rays walked off on Baltimore 4-3. Nice job Carl, I’m sure we’ll see more of you here in YH throughout the season.
They walked off in California too. Up in Oakland, the A’s needed 10 innings to dispatch the pesky Mariners in a 2-1 barn burner that featured little to no hitting. Mark Ellis was an exception. He racked up 3 hits, all
singles, and made the most of the last one with two outs in the bottom of the 10th. His game winning single drove in the pinch running Patterson to give him his 6th career walk off hit. The AL West has every team in the win column just two games into 2010.
And.. into the win column went the San Diego Padres. They knocked off the Rattlers in Arizona behind Yesterday’s best Hitter – Everth Cabrera!
The little guy rapped the little ball to every corner of Arizona yesterday as he piled up a double, triple and a single. His 3 hits produced 4 big Ribs for the Pads. Everth was the big fly shy of a cycle.. but thats asking alot from the diminutive speedster. He did show off his wheels though. The kid can fly.
Congratulations Everth Cabrera. You are Yesterday’s Hitter!
A pretty dismal attempt at fame for Yesterday’s Hitters : ) Ah, ok.. a short slate makes it a littler slimmer pickings. No worries though, there were some nice performances at the plate so lets take a look at them.
First off, Kudos to the Rockies on their 7th straight win. The pressure is on Torre and the Dodgers to finish what they started. Although there were no numbers that jump at you, had you been watching the game you’d know that Jason Giambi… yup Jason is loose again… rocked a ball over the rook centerfielders head for a couple of big RBIs in what was a close game. Uh, Game Over. Rocks Win.
Howie Kendrick made a run at YH with his 3 for 3 performance…but, a little skimpy on the production there Howie. One run might do it, but not Yesterday.
How about the line that Yuniesky Betancourt put up for the KC Royals: 2 for 2 with 2 Ribs, 2 Runs and 2 walks to Boot. It’s almost like the old Vin Scully line – “2 Balls, 2 Strikes, 2 on, 2 out, in a 2-2 tie! Oh my!”. Speaking of Oh My.. KC sweeps Detroit? Lucky for the Tigers that the Twinkies were cold bats (Mauer 0-4).
I really like Brian McCann.
He has a sweet swing and seems to have his eye probs behind him. He was a 4 for 5 performer yesterday with 2 Runs scored and 2 RBI. Sad to see that the Braves are likely out of a post season appearance this year. 8 games back with a couple dozen to play.. not good.
I almost tagged Nick Johnson for the YH winner. He had a pretty big day for the Marlins who are still fighting for that playoff birth. They’ve got a slim chance if they keep on this W streak. Nick was a solid 2 for 4 Yesterday. He rapped a big dinger and had 4 RBIs on the day. Very nice job Nick. But, sad to say.. .you’ve been topped by a Rook. Not just any Rook. But a Rook making his Major League Debut! Nationals Shortstop – Ian Desmond!
How about this entry into the Majors? Ian Desmond homered and drove in four runs in his major league debut and the Nationals won 8-7! You think this kid might have an impact in the Nations capitol? It would be nice to see something good happen there : ) Oh, back to Desmond. He has a very nice swing. He picked up his first ML hit in the 4th when he roped a liner to Right Center. But, what impressed me most was how he jumped (and I do me jump!) on a curve ball offering to park a 3 run Bomb into the left field bleachers. Don’t believe me on the jump? Take a look for yourself. Does this kid rotate or what? Click Here!