Saturday, April 25, 2009

American League - May 10

Wasn't the AL West supposed to be the weak division? So far in this replay the AL West is looking good. Four West teams are above .500, led by the speed and pitching of Oakland and the hitting of Texas. The Yankees are still doing well in the AL East. Boston is the only other East team above .500. The Orioles are improving a bit now that Reggie Jackson is available. He has made a real difference in their offense.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

American League - May 3

The Yankees continue to play red-hot baseball as they took 2 of 3 in Kansas City. The A's and Rangers are playing great baseball in the AL West. Oakland is running opposing teams ragged---they have the top four league leaders in the American League. The Orioles should start playing better baseball now that Reggie Jackson is available to play for them.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bert Blyleven comes within 1 out of a no-no

April 28 (Bloomington, MN) - Bert Blyleven had a no-hitter for 8 2/3 innings until Buddy Bell hit a solid single to right to break it up. Bert got the next guy out to get his first win of the season. This is the second straight day that a starter has taken a no-no into the 9th inning!

Nolan Ryan loses no-hit bid in 9th inning

April 27 (Baltimore, MD) Nolan Ryan was cruising along with a 4-1 lead and a no-hitter entering the 9th inning. Tommy Harper walked and then Paul Blair hit a solid single to right to break up the no-no. Ryan set down the next three Oriole hitters to get his first victory of the season. He struck out 13 batters and the only run he allowed was on a walk, stolen base, groundout, and sacrifice fly.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

American League - April 26

The Yankees are continuing their winning ways and remain atop the AL East. Boston is right on their heels. Oakland and the surprising Texas Rangers are competing for the AL West lead so far. There must have been a lot of rainouts early in 1976. I'm using the "as played" schedule and there are a lot of days where only 2-3 games were played.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

American League - April 19

The Yankees, Tigers, and Red Sox have gotten off to a hot start in the East. Fred Lynn is out of the gate with a .462 average. Gene Tenace has five home runs (but only 6 RBI to go with) for the A's to get them off to the good start. Vida Blue is already 3-0 for the A's. It's going to be difficult for Frank Tanana to get his 19 wins and Nolan Ryan to get his 18 wins for the Angels. The offense is really bad.