The Anaheim Angels did something Friday night they did not do all of 2013. In 2013, the Angels had 11 games where they scored 10+ runs, all of which featured at least one Mike Trout hit. Trout went 0-4 versus the Yankees while his Angels went on to win 13-1.
The last two big name pitchers to sign during the off-season are having very different starts to their 2014 seasons. On March 12th, the Atlanta Braves signed Ervin Santana to one year deal. After a win Friday night versus Cincinnati, Santana improved to 3-0 on the season with a 1.95 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. On Feb 18th, the Baltimore Orioles signed Ubaldo Jimenez to a four year deal. After a loss Friday night versus Kansas City, Jimenez is now 0-4 on the season with a 6.59 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.
The MLB has opened up its All Star Voting ballots. I figured it would be fun to fill out 3 ballots completely differently and share my votes one position at a time. Starting with first base, my American League selections are:
- Miggy Cabrera - - the letters MVP gloss over numbers that may not currently lead the league
- Albert Pujols - - power resurgence has been fun to watch
- Jose Abreu - - batting average is starting to come around, his aptitude for multi HR games also
National League Selections are:
- Paul Goldschmidt - - without him the Arizona Diamondbacks would be completely lost
- Joey Votto - - the problem with on-line ballot voting is that it allows for "ballot box stuffing", being Canadian, Mr. Votto always gets my first.
- Justin Morneau - - see "Joey Votto", at least this season Morneau is "earning" the vote