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April 8, 2013
The 2013 Interleague Schedule
Breaking down the 2013 interleague schedule for all 30 teams. What teams are forced to deviate from their regular roster/lineup construction for the longest stretch of the year?
With the Astros finally moved into the American League, we have a very different interleague schedule this year. Not only does it mean that there is now at least one interleague series happening each day of the season, from April to October, it also means that the "rivalry weekends" that were the highlights of the interleague schedule fifteen years ago have been re-shaped. Additionally, the newly balanced divisions mean that, outside of the rivalry games, all teams in a given division can play the exact same teams as their divisional opponents. No longer do the schedule makers have to worry about a six-team division matching up with a four-team division.
So how did the schedule makers do? Did the schedule turn out as balanced as can be? Were they able to ensure that teams from any one division would have the same opponents as their division-mates? Were all clubs given the same number of interleague matches or did some lucky squad or two end up a series short? One thing to remember here is that, with interleague games happening all year long instead of on two or three specific weekends, clubs are now on unequal footing when it comes to setting their rosters for the change in league rules. If one team, for example, only ever has to worry about forcing their pitchers to hit one weekend a month, they are probably in a better situation than the club forced to suddenly remove their all-star DH for nine straight games. National League clubs playing in American League ballparks will have similar problems in trying to add a DH for extended periods of time.
Effectively Wild Episode 176: Jose Fernandez and Service Time/Jose Bautista and Umpire Payback
Ben and Sam talk about why the Marlins have put service-time considerations aside in Jose Fernandez's case, then discuss Jose Bautista's comments about umpires.
Games of April 5-April 7
Last year's top pick Carlos Correa delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday.
Games of Friday, April 5
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Dakota Bacus, RHP, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K; Bacus, a ninth-round pick in 2012, has a solid fastball, plus slider, and fringy changeup; advanced polish will allow him to rack up the strikeouts in Low-A.
Position Prospect of the Day: Matt Wessinger, 2B, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 2 BB, K; A grinder-type out of St. Johns, Wessinger has no better than average tools, but he gets every ounce out of them.
Other notable prospect performances from April 5.
April 7, 2013
Misery Loves Company
For the second straight start, David Price was not sharp. Then again, neither were most of the aces that pitched on Sunday.
Today was a day that many teams played their sixth game of the season, meaning that opening day starters would be making their second starts of the season. That meant the likes of Justin Verlander, Jon Lester, Stephen Strasburg, Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels, James Shields, Jeff Samardzija, and both defending Cy Young winners would be on the mound. At the end of the day, most of that group had starts they would rather forget as most of the pitchers had starts they would rather forget none more than David Price.
Trot Times for April 6
The tater trots for April 6: the Upton brothers have a fantastic ninth inning.
It was a day of disappointments for some.
There Is Always Trust In The Wikipedia. Jason and Paul review the opening week of the season and Jason Parks stops in to discuss his trip to Arizona and what caught his attention.
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April 6, 2013
Jose Bautista's One-Way War with Umpires
Does Jose Bautista have a reason to be so angry at umpires?
Trot Times for April 5
The tater trots for April 5: Chris Davis keeps going, Prince Fielder socks a couple, Jean Segura races around on his first trot.
Welcome to the first weekend of the new season! If you're a Nationals pitcher currently in Cincinnati, you may want to take it easy. Whiplash isn't the kind of thing to take lightly.