On Sunday night, the Angels were down 4-3 against the Rangers. Jered Weaver was on the mound. The very next pitch was hit straight back at him, nearly hitting him. But, while Weaver was diving away from the ball, he had injured his left (non-throwing) arm. It was later found out that he had broken it, and would be out at least a month.
Weaver, 30, has a career record of 102-53 with a 3.25 ERA. Last year, Weaver was 20-5, and a very large part to this pitching staff.
The Angels are able to overcome this injury, though. With Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, and Mike Trout, the Angels should have no problem bringing run support to help this pitching staff.
Cubs closer Carlos Marmol will no longer close games, manager Dale Sveum announced today. Marmol, 30, has had a rough start to his season. He is 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA to begin the season. Marmol has 1 save, but also 1 blown save. He has allowed 5 runs and 2 homeruns in only 1.2 innings of work. He had a 6.97 ERA this spring.
Marmol will be replaced by Kyuji Fujikawa, the 32 year old rookie, who had been pitching previously in Japan. Fujikawa has a 11.57 ERA this season (3 ER/2.1 IP) and had a 2.35 ERA this spring (2 ER/7.2 IP).
I really don't see the need to replace Marmol, but I'm only a reporter. Marmol has the experience, the talent, and obviously the pitches to save games. He has been an all-star, and finished in the MVP voting. After a rough beginning to the season, Marmol doesn't deserve to be replaced.
I decided that it would be fun and informative to my readers to provide a quick daily recap of all the games. So, here is the 1st Edition of my "Daily Recap".
Daily Recap: April 4, 2013
Reds 5, Angels 4
Reds Choo, Frazier, and Heisey hit homeruns of Joe Blanton. Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols each accounted for 2 RBI.
Arroyo (CIN) W, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Blanton (LAA) L, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Cubs 3, Pirates 2
Cubs lead by 3 heading in to bottom 9. Carlos Marmol got Neil Walker to ground into a game-ending double ply with the tying and winning runs on base.
Wood (CHC) W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
McDonald (PIT) L, 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Twins 8, Tigers 2
Mike Pelfrey allowed 2 unearned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe homered each to back their starter to a victory.
Pelfrey (MIN) W, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Porcello (DET) L, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Padres 2, Mets 1
Eric Stults went 5 scoreless for the Pads, and Dillion Gee went 6 plus innings, but the Padres run in the eighth was able to hold off the Mets run in the ninth.
Stults (SD) W, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Gee (NYM) L, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
Royals 3, White Sox 1
Jeremy Guthrie pitched six innings of one-run ball, and the Royals three run fifth was enough to outlast the White Sox. Alex Gordon and Chris Getz had 1 RBI each for the Royals.
Guthrie (KC) W, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO
Floyd (CWS) L, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Orioles 6, Rays 3
O's continued their hot hitting with Chris Davis collecting 4 RBI with a double and homer. J.J. Hardy also added another homer. And the Rays could not keep up.
Gonzalez (BAL) W, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Hernandez (TB) L, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Athletics 8, Mariners 2
With Yoenis Cespedes' and Josh Reddick's homers, the A's were able to cruise to victory behind a strong pitching performance from A.J. Griffin. Michael Morse did go long for the Mariners.
Griffin (OAK) W, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Maurer (SEA) L, 6 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Nationals 6, Marlins 1
The Nats finished their 3 game sweep of the Marlins just fine. Jayson Werth hit a three run longball, and Jordan Zimmerman handled the mound with six innings of one-run ball.
Zimmerman (WSH) W, 6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
LeBlanc (MIA) L, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Phillies 2, Braves 0
Cliff Lee pitched eight shutout innings and Ben Revere's RBI single and Chase Utley's sacrifice fly lifted the Phils to their first win of the 2013 Campaign.
Lee (PHI) W, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
Medlen (ATL) L, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
Andy Pettitte allowed only 1 run over eight innings and Mariano Rivera pitched his first save since being injured of last year. The Red Sox could not pull off a sweep in New York.
Pettitte (NYY) W, 8 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Dempster (BOS) L, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO
Blue Jays 10, Indians 8
The Blue Jays picked up their first win of the season behind five homers. They expected this offence after what they acquired in the offseason. The Indians could not pull off the sweep.
Buehrle (TOR) ND, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Myers (CLE) L, 5 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
Yu Darvish becomes 5th pitcher in MLB history to lose a perfect game with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
I thought it would happen. I really did. Yu seemed to be in control and especially after he got Ankiel looking after getting him to a 3-2 count. It was then that I thought the luck was on Yu's side, because of the fact Ankiel had fouled pitches before the strikeout. But, it isn't over 'till it's over! After Yu got the first 2 guys in the 9th, Marwin Gonzalez stepped to the plate. First pitch, he hacks, and it is a come backer, right at Yu Darvish. The ball went through his legs and into center field. Marwin Gonzalez got a base hit, the first of the game. Yu was then pulled, but the Rangers went on to win 7-0.
This was a very fun game to watch, and even though I was playing against Yu in fantasy, I wanted him to be able to finish it off.
Yu is 1-0, with a 0.00 ERA, 8 2/3 IP, and 15 Ks on the season.