Saturday, April 7, 2012

Opening Day 2012 Boom and Busts

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Toronto Blue jays 3B Brett Lawrie, who has the anticipated play of an all-star, did not fair so well on opening day in Cleveland. The game which went 16 innings, Lawrie had 7 plate appearances with 1 BB, but did go 0-6 with 1 run scored and 2 K. Lawrie batted 6th in the order, and has the power and potential to be a cleanup hitter.
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis who batted in the 8th hole, went 0 for 5 with 2 BB and a run scored, as well as 2 K. This games was more of a pitchers battle into the late innings, then it got ugly reaching a total of 16 innings, being first extra innings game of the year.
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair, where are you. I tuned into the game on Thursday afternoon, to my surprise to see Jeff Baker, playing 1B. LaHair did not play due to lower back pain that has been bothering him since late in the spring. Anthony Rizzo went 2-4 on opening day in AAA Iowa with an RBI and a SB.
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart went 2-4 with 1 R and 1 K. Cozart batted in the 2 slot, behind 2B Brandon Phillips and in front of 1B Joey Votto. Cozart does have protection, and this is one of the most dangerous offensive lineups in baseball. Look for Cozart to produce good numbers in Cincy as long as he has the offense surrounding him, which with the Reds locking up Votto to a long contract, and about to lock up Phillips in another contract, I would say Cozart is a lock for a FA wire pickup.
Philadelphia Phillies LF John Mayberry Jr, started in LF for the Phils, which I did not expect during the offseason and into spring training. Phillies let go of aging Raul Ibanez and with struggling prospect Dominic Brown, Mayberry needed to show he could produce. Mayberry batted in the 6th hole, going 2-4 with 2 K. Mayberry is not an excellent fantasy play, however, he could still produce favorable numbers in that line-up but may share playing time with Juan Pierre.

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