Found April 05, 2012 on
Boston Red Sox
New York Mets
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
Ace Matchup of the Day:
Jon Lester vs. Justin Verlander
Two of the best pitchers in the game go head-to-head against two of the best offenses in the game.
Intriguing Matchup of the Day:
Tommy Hanson vs. Johan Santana
Two pitchers who are coming back from injury. Santana had major shoulder surgery and hasn’t pitched a big league game since September 2, 2010. Hanson also had shoulder issues last season, but appears to be in good health for 2012.
Mis-matches of the Day:
Roy Halladay vs. Erik Bedard and the Pittsburgh Pirates
Stephen Strasburg vs. Ryan Dempster and the Chicago Cubs
Clayton Kershaw vs. Edinson Volquez and the San Diego Padres
BEST OF MAXIM
The Detroit Tigers are on the cusp of finally starting the regular season and their attempt at defending their 1st ever American League Central crown.
Spring training seemed agonizingly long and painful this year. Perhaps it was the constant debate over Brandon Inge’s status, or the Andy Dirks v. Clete Thomas chatter, not to mention the 5th starter competition. Alas, most of these...
NEW YORK The New York Mets weren't looking for greatness from Johan Santana in his first Major League start in more than 18 months. Just having their southpaw ace back on the mound after a full season without him was enough.
But as the two-time Cy Young award winner often tends to do, Santana exceeded expectations Thursday, throwing five shutout innings in a 1-0 Opening Day...
Making his first start for the New York Mets since September, 2010, Johan Santana allowed just two hits and two walks, while striking out five over five scoreless innings.
After allowing a Martin Prado single in the top of the first, Santana retired the next 12 batters he faced before a Matt Diaz double ended the streak in the fifth. Santana who had thrown an economical 68 pitches...
The Red Sox haven't had a Cy Young winner since Pedro Martinez took the award in both 1999 and 2000. That could change this season. Jon Lester is the leading Red Sox candidate for the American League pitching prize with 16-1 odds in the Bovada Sportsbook. Lester is coming off an up-and-down 2011 season. He finished 15-9 with a 3.47 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 191.2 innings, but...
First mentioned during an interview on Conan in January, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander provided photographic evidence on Wednesday night that his earlier disclosure that the traditional night-before-game meal is Taco Bell, proving not only was it a tried-and-true practice for the Cy Young Award winner last season but that it continues to this day. [...]
Say what you want about the Mets, they know how to win on Opening Day. New York came into the day with a 32-18 record when playing its first game of the season. After Johan Santana and various bullpen pitchers shutout the Braves 1-0 this afternoon, the Mets can add one more win to that total, and more importantly, the season is off to a successful start.
The game got off to an emotional...
Johan Santana pitched five innings of two-hit ball in his long-awaited return from shoulder surgery and David Wright hit an RBI single to lead the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in their season opener Thursday.
New York's revamped bullpen picked up for Santana and shut down the Braves, while the shortened fences at reconfigured Citi Field hardly came into play. But...
The Red Sox still have one of the best offenses in all of baseball. Even as their season came crashing down last year, they continued to hit. Where they ultimately fell short, however, was on the mound. As the Boston pitching fell apart, so did the team. That's not to say the Sox don't have a talented rotation, though. Far from it actually. Look no further than Opening Day...
This afternoon at Citifield, the New York Mets will host the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 pm:
On The Hill:
Photo by Michael G. Baron
Former Cy Young Award Winner, Johan Santana will make his first start on Thursday afternoon since undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder on Sept. 14, 2010. The Mets ‘ace will make his sixth career Opening Day start this...
It’s Opening Day 2012. Everyone is excited. Johan Santana is on the mound. He’s pumped. The crowd is cheering. Santana throws the first. Ball one. He takes a deep breath and fires an 88 MPH fastball. Strike one. He throws a slider. Strike two. He throws another slider. Ball two. Then he throws a fastball at 90 MPH. Michael Bourn grounds out to first base.
David Wright was definitely...
Austin Jackson drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to cap a three-hit day as the host Detroit Tigers overcame some bullpen woes to beat the visiting Boston Red Sox 3-2.
Justin Verlander pitched eight scoreless innings before Jose Valverde (1-0) came on and blew the save. But the Tigers got it right back in the ninth.
The Red Sox brought on newcomer Mark Melancon...
The New York Mets will open their 2012 campaign with a visit from their division rivals the Atlanta Braves. After collapsing down the stretch and failing to make the playoffs on the last day of 2011, the Atlanta Braves feel that they have something to prove and it begins today at Citi Field. After an off-season dominated by their "lack of pursuit" of Jose Reyes and the...
There are so many things that need to break right for the New York Mets during the 2012 season in order for them to get to the playoffs. Quite frankly, I do not care about the division. Give me the wildcard and I can live with that. Here are just ten things that could help this team get to October. I could also add that I will watch more games religiously because they win more when...