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Early Look at AL Central

Like the AL East all the teams in the AL Central are very close to each other in the standings, as all the teams are right around .500. Lets break it down and take a quick look at each team. Let’s keep in mind all team records and player stats are as of Sunday morning April 27th.

Detroit Tigers:
The Tigers are in first place with a 12-9 record and clearly the class of the division. Kinsler, Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson all off to strong starts. Keep an eye out on rookie Nick Castellanos. Also what is scary is Miguel Cabrera has yet to take flight. The Tigers are going to have to find a shortstop sooner rather than later. Their starting pitching has been strong but their bullpen has been spotty in the early going.

Minnesota Twins:
Twins surprisingly are off to a 12-11 start. That is a great record especially when you consider that 4 of their 5 starting pitchers have ERA’s between 5.14 and 7.32. Also Josh Willingham only has had 17AB’s due to injury and has been a non factor. But Chris Colabello (27RBI), Trevor Plouffe (.419 OBP) and Brian Dozier pop (7HR’s albeit low avg) have been huge for the offense. Continue reading

When Will These Teams Learn? Latest Mistake Nolasco

Rickey NolascoAs you can see from the head line I am not a fan of the latest signing by the Minnesota Twins of Rickey Nolasco to a 4 year deal for 49 Million with a team option for a 5th year. Nolasco turns 31 in mid December so the Twins are buying years 31 – 35. Nolasco for his 8 year career does have a good record of 89-75, although he is 1 game under .500 record wise the last 3 years. Nolasco has a career ERA of 4.37 and ratio of 1.29.

Nolasco who for most of his career has pitched for the Marlins and last summer’s stint in Dodger Blue.

One might say that Nolasco is going to a pitchers park and at 31 years of age is a good buy for the Twins. I would remind everyone that Nolasco has pitched his whole career in the old Marlin stadium which was a football stadium and the last year and half in the Marlins Art Deco pitchers park and Dodger stadium. Throw in the fact that Nolasco has also pitched in the NL his whole career, given the parks he has pitched in, his career numbers are not that impressive. Continue reading

Rays Host Twins for Four-Game Series

WikipediaFresh off a sweep of the Chicago White Sox the Tampa Bay Rays will host the Minnesota Twins for a four-game series at Tropicana Field beginning on Monday night. The Rays (49-40) are now 6-1 in July and the Twins (37-48) are exactly the opposite, 1-6 in the month. David Price is now 2-0 after Sunday’s complete game victory against Chicago and the lefty has showed no signs of injury or weakness since coming off the disabled list. If Price returns to his Cy Young form then the Rays will be a frightening team to face for the rest of the season.

The Rays are now tied for second place in the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles and the offense has become quite formidable.

The Rays have eight players with 30 or more RBIs and are finding consistent contributions throughout the lineup. Luke Scott has come alive over the last couple weeks and is batting .344 in his last ten games. Coming into Saturday night’s game White Sox starter Chris Sale had not allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed batter all season, until Scott laced a double down the right field line to start the Rays’ scoring. Continue reading