It's too early to look at statistical leaderboards, but sometimes we have to anyway.
April 19, 2011: "Somehow, someway, Carlos Lee is second with a 53.2 UZR/150. I will literally eat broken glass if he finishes with a positive number this season. (Someone hold me to it.)" —This guy, who is now dead, from eating glass :(
We have such a weird relationship with April stats. I’m trying to think of anything else where we consider a 10-percent sample almost totally useless. On election night, when they show the vote totals, I start to take them seriously once 10 percent of precincts are in. If you could see only 10 percent of a human, you could still probably figure out whether he was tall, fat, into rockabilly, etc. But the first 10 percent of a baseball season is like the first 10 percent of the sausage race in Milwaukee: filled with narrative, almost entirely misleading, and a place where Randall Simon doesn’t belong.
It's a folly to suggest that the 2012 Tigers--or any other team--will be able to score 1,000 runs.
During the first series of the season, the Tigers rolled up 26 runs while sweeping a three-game series from the Red Sox, after which Boston Globe columnist Nick Cafardo dropped an item in his Sunday notes column about the high-powered offense driven by Miguel Cabrera and newcomer Prince Fielder. "Some baseball people believe the Tigers could score close to 1,000 runs with these two hitting back to back," wrote Cafardo, never elaborating as to who those baseball people might be.
If you missed yesterday's game between the Rays and Tigers, you missed Matt Moore facing Miguel Cabrera in his second major-league start.
The last time we saw Matt Moore start a meaningful game, it was against a Texas Rangers offense that came within 20 runs of leading the American League in scoring. Before that, he pitched against the Yankees, who were just eight runs shy of the league lead. So it might not be true that, as Tigers announcer Rod Allen says, this is the best lineup that Matt Moore has ever faced. Also, it might be true. It’s a good lineup. And it’s almost certainly true that Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter he has ever faced, especially considering Moore’s platoon disadvantage.
So that’s what Moore did on Tuesday, his third major-league start: he faced Miguel Cabrera, three times. I’ve been told by my therapist that I need to quit raising expectations for the future, so let’s not go crazy about where this matchup stands in history. Just note that there were games when rookie Tom Seaver faced Hank Aaron (2-for-20, HR, seven Ks during Seaver’s rookie year), and when rookie Felix Hernandez faced Alex Rodriguez (0-for-2, K, BB) and when rookie Bob Feller faced Joe Dimaggio (9-for-20, four home runs). And now Matt Moore (!!!) is facing Miguel Cabrera (!!!). Awwww crud I did it again.
The Phillies are slammed by injuries to key players, and the results are in for Miguel Cabrera's busted eye socket.
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies (Bilateral Knee Soreness)
Both of Utley’s knees are in pain. They likely degenerated further from his 2011 condition despite modifications to his strength and conditioning program. Last year, the second baseman dealt with chronic patellar tendinitis and trouble with the cartilage on the back of the kneecap. The patellar cartilage has very little ability to heal itself; if it generates pain, surgery is required. The surgery would most likely involve a microfracture technique, something that would put Utley out for at least several months.
The cartilage isn’t the only issue, though. The tendon undergoes changes to the point it’s not really tendon tissue any longer; it changes at the cellular level. In tendinosis, those changes lead to tendon weakening and make the tendon more prone to rupture. It’s one of the reasons why there is an increased chance of Achilles tendon ruptures with cases of chronic Achilles tendinitis.