Found April 05, 2013 on
Off The Bench:
New York Yankees
New York Mets
Photo courtesy of ESPN
Here’s a few things I’ve learned from the first workweek of the 2013 season:
The Nationals will be good for a while. In the very first game of the season, Bryce Harper hit 2 home runs and Stephen Strasburg went 7 strong and retired 19 in a row at one point. For those of you who wonder why teams are so preoccupied with their draft picks, look no further than the nations’ capital. In a related note…..
Bryce Harper makes adjustments. Last season, he hit 1 homer on the 177 breaking balls down and in he saw. This season, he hit 2 on the first 2.
The Yankees are in trouble. Lyle Overbay is the starting first basemen. Hiroki Kuroda was bad and may miss a start due to injury. CC Sabathia’s fastball was in the upper 80′s in his first start. They are currently 1-3 and that record is indicative of the number of good games they’ve played.
Baseball is exciting. 16 awesome innings in Phoenix between the Dbacks and visiting Cardinals proved that.
Chris Davis is a monster. W...
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It's pretty safe to say that Bryce Harper is a breakout star, right? I mean, the Washington Nationals wunderkind broke out in a huge way last season and, so far this season, doesn't appear to want to quit. But, it's his older brother Bryan, a pitcher with the Nats Class A affiliate Hagerstown, that's turning heads...but it has nothing to do with his pitching skills...
So Bryce Harper had a fairly nasty collision with Marlins catcher Rob Brantly in the first inning on Thursday in the process of scoring on a double by Ryan Zimmerman (video here). Screen cap of the aftermath above, via MASN. It sort of looked like Brantly threw an elbow to Harper's chin:
Anyway, a day after Gio Gonzalez delivered an early candidate for quote of the...
The Nats took care of business today, sweeping the Marlins on the strength of yet another strong start, scoreless relief and the longball. That’s three wins in a row to start the season, and, thankfully, they didn’t lose baseball’s most exciting player to a broken jaw either (via DC Sports Nexus):
Now, I’m not sure how bad that looks to you, because the GIF is clipped pretty...
While Bryce Harper is tearing up the MLB, his older brother Bryan and his unbelievable mustache are dominating at life.
Yes, and he might be able to this season. Last year, Trout had one of the most incredible rookie seasons in MLB history. This unexpected breakout overshadowed Bryce Harper’s first full season, which was still very good. Harper’s 98 runs were 5th in the NL. He also showed that he is a multi-talented player by knocking 22 over the wall and stealing 18 bases (the very first base...
It’s always been on my sports bucket list to see Bryce Harper hit a home run live while I was at the park. Just 144 career games and 25 home runs into his big league career, I can cross it off my list.
It never would have been made possible without the help of Mike Leake. Mike, we salute you. Also, some scout somewhere should be fired for giving Reds his blessing to draft this...
Stephen Strasburg's right arm is the talk of Washington DC sports fans every night. This changeup against Cincinnati masher Joey Votto is precisely why.
Johnny Cueto ordered three runs. His Cincinnati teammates dutifully delivered.
The Reds pitcher came off the mound after the sixth inning of his start Sunday against the Washington Nationals with the score tied, 3-all.
''I said, 'I want three runs here. Do it for me,''' Cueto said.
Todd Frazier confirmed Cueto's order.
''I was screaming with...
Think back 10 years. What do you remember about the MLB? I remember stars all over the place. Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Nomar, Clemens, and A-Rod just to name a few. Albert Pujols was beginning his 3rd season. Miguel Cabrera was about to splash on the scene as a skinny leftfielder for the Marlins. But just a few years later, something happened and these stars were gone. Bonds, Sosa,...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto outlasted Stephen Strasburg in a highly anticipated matchup of young aces and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as the Cincinnati Reds wrapped up an impressive opening week homestand with a 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Cueto needed 108 pitches to get through six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked three and struck...
Sunday was the kind of pitching matchup normally reserved for opening games of playoff series. The marquee reads Johnny Cueto vs. Stephen Strasburg and people take notice, tickets are bought and butts are filling the seats.
The actual pitching didnt live up to the hype. The Reds and Nationals offenses, proving the old adages about how everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time...
Johnny Cueto outlasted Stephen Strasburg in a highly anticipated matchup of young aces and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as the Cincinnati Reds wrapped up an impressive opening week homestand with a 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Cueto needed 108 pitches to get through six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked three and struck out six. Aroldis...
Hello friends, and welcome to the first Friday of the 2013 MLB regular season. On this Friday we will debut a new series, to run on every Friday hereafter. The name of the series is “The Worst of the Best”, and each Friday it’s going to involve two separate but related posts, chronicling the wildest pitches of the week that was, and the wildest swings of the week that was,...