Drabek actually looked pretty effective out there, striking out 9 guys over 6 innings, and actually getting something like 18 whiffs. All in all, I thought Drabek, and thus the Jays, were going to get completely shelled, the way they're about to in about 2 hours. To be perfectly honest, I was expecting like 6 walks and a bunch of homers, but that nonsense all came from Evan Crawford, and the first homer was actually a halfway decent pitch. I'm praying Coco doesn't get in there in a close game.
Hutch tonight. I'm scared. Having said that, the Rangers only have 4 guys that could be cleanup hitters in the lineup tonight, instead of the usual 6, as both Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre are out. Hamilton is still out with a sore back, and Beltre will sit due to the toll the turf takes on his legs. Beltre went 3-for-5 last night. So uhh, this might be the one to win guys.
John Farrell has said, by the way, that Bautista has earned his spot in the 3-hole in the lineup, and will be given as long as it takes to sort himself out. No word on whether or not Adam Lind has also earned his spot in the cleanup role due to a good season 3 years ago.
We have our power rankings up at Nowhere Plans, and Sean has his take on Albert Pujols' slow start. For the record, I uhh... small sample size for the most part.
John Lott looks at Kyle Drabek with the help of pitch f/x and tries to determine something based on his first five games of the year.
Evan Longoria pulled a hamstring last night sliding in to second base, and he'll be out for 6-8 weeks, much to the shagrin of fantasy owners and Rays fans the world over, though Andrew Friedman says that nothing is official yet. Pick up Chase Headley to fill the hole on your fantasy roster.
If you're ever at Tiger Stadium and don't want to use data...