Well, the more things change, the more things stay the same. So far, the New York Mets have scored a grand total of 0 runs in the 10 innings that Johan Santana has pitched this season. Ever since he became a Met in 2008, it seems as though they have scored no more than three runs in any of his starts. How frustrating it must be for the lefty knowing that he has to pitch a shutout every time out in order to pad his win total.
Some other random thoughts regarding the first week in Major League Baseball:
Tim Lincecum: Yikes. While it is too early to say if “The Freak” is on the way down (he is only 27) his first two starts of this season coupled with some dismal final 2011 outings should be caused for concern. He was roughed up again last night in Colorado and now sports an ERA over 15.00 for 2012. His numbers against the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2011 are ghastly, a big problem considering the Giants will be trying to beat out Arizona for the NL West title.
Reds lock up cornerstones. Cincinnati gave generous extensions to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, committing over $300 million dollars to the pair. There will be stability and fan favorites on the right side of the diamond through at least 2017. This is an important step to show fans in the Queen City that ownership plans to be competitive for the rest of this decade.
Blue Skies Again. After winning their first two series of the young season, perhaps this is the year the Blue Jays finally return to the upper portion of the American League East. The offense is not the issue and neither is staff ace Ricky Romero. If Kyle Drabek and Brandon Morrow can give the team between 25 and 30 wins, Toronto could find themselves in the playoffs.
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