MLB 2012: Undefeated Teams after the first weekend of play

9 04 2012

The new Major League Baseball (MLB) season has started and a few teams started red hot to remain undefeated after the first weekend of action. Here are the undefeated teams after Easter Sunday action:

  1. Baltimore Orioles (3-0) – The Orioles started the new season at Camden yards by sweeping the Minnesota Twins. In the 3-game sweep, Baltimore only gave up 5 runs while the offense scored 15 runs. Nick Markakis is batting .556 and has 2 home runs already.
  2. Tampa Bay Rays (3-0) – The Rays tied the Orioles for the early AL East lead as they swept perennial division champs New York Yankees at home. The team is hitting at .333 and have an on-base percentage of .443.  The Rays will visit Detroit for their next series. Carlos Pena has 7 RBIs in their 3 game romp.
  3. Detroit Tigers (3-0) – The Tigers opened the Prince Fielder era with a sweep of Boston Red Sox. In 3 games, the Tigers scored 26 runs.  Lead off hitter Austin Jackson is batting .571 while Miguel Cabrera has 3 homers and 8 RBIs so far. The early series with the similarly undefeated Rays is a series to watch.
  4. New York Mets (3-0) – The Mets took an  early lead in the NL East standings as they beat the Atlanta Braves in 3 straight games. It is the first time in 5 years that NY Mets opened the season with a sweep. In the opening series, they only gave up 7 runs while scoring 15. The bullpen just gave up 1 run in 10 innings so far this season.
  5. Arizona Diamondbacks (3-0) –  The DBacks scored 3 1-run wins over the 2010 Champs San Francisco Giants. They rallied from being 6 runs down to complete the sweep. They won the first 2 games via a 5-4 score.

It is still early in the season but these 5 teams are making a statement that they want to contend this season. Most likely, at least 3 teams from this bunch will figure in their respective divisions races.





MLB: 2012 Managerial changes

2 03 2012

Spring training has started and the new MLB regular season is fast approaching. There have been quite a few managerial changes for the season. Here the new faces in offices and benches of some teams:

General Managers

Boston Red SoxBen Cherington. The former Assistant GM of the Sox will take the helm left by Theo Epstein. Epstein is now the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago Cubs – Jed Hoyer. The former General Manager of the Padres will join his former boss Epstein in trying to assemble a formidable Cubs team.

San Diego PadresJosh Byrnes. The Padres’ erstwhile VP of Baseball Operations is now the GM after the departure of Hoyer.

Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimJerry DiPoto. Following the resignation of Tony Reagins, the Angels appointed DiPoto as their new GM.

Minnesota Twins – Terry Ryan. Ryan previously managed the Twins (1994-2007).  He replaced the one who replaced him in 2007, Bill Smith.

Baltimore Orioles – Dan DuQuette. Duquette is a former GM of the Montreal Expos and the Boston Red Sox. He replaced Andy MacPhail.

Houston Astros – Jeff Luhnow. Luhnow replaced Ed Wade, who was fired at the end of the 2011 season.

 

Field Managers

Miami Marlins – Ozzie Guillen. Guillen moves to the National League after years of managing AL’s Chicago White Sox. He led the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005.

St. Louis Cardinals – Mike Matheny. Matheny became the new manager of the defending World Series champions following the retirement of legendary Tony La Russa.

Boston Red Sox – Bobby Valentine. Valentine returns to managing a team after Terry Francona was fired by the Red Sox after Boston’s great collapse in 2011.

Chicago Cubs – Dale Sveum. Sveum replaced Mike Quaid as the Manager for the Cubs.

Chicago White Sox – Robin Ventura. Former White Sox player Venture was appointed manager of the Chicago White Sox in October 2011 following the departure of Ozzie Guillen.

The Red Sox and Cubs have the most changes at the top this season and both teams are hoping that the changes will lead to better records and perhaps playoff appearances. It is exciting to see over the course of the new season, how the new managers fit in their new clubs.