The most wins recorded in a season since Denny McClain's 31 wins in 1968, is 27. It was recorded by A's pitcher Bob Welch in 1990 (he went 27-6). I think Chien Ming Wang has a chance to match or better that record this season. When you can go deep into a game with as little inning stress as this guy goes through, anything is possible. He is the bright spot for the team thus far.
With Posada and Molina as a starter/back-up combo we probably had the best catching situation in the league. Now, with Posada's shoulder situation and Molina's ham string, we may have the worst. Chad Moeller is being brought up from AAA.
With his outings getting shorter per start, I'm starting to believe that both Hughes and Kennedy would have been better off starting 3 to 5 games down in SWB. Let Karstens and Igawa get roughed up for the month of April (let's face it, they're used to it) and allow Hughes and Kennedy to fine tune their control and arm strength. I"m not saying they don't have the goods, but they can definitely use some refinement right now.
As much as Hughes got roughed up, and despite the Bombers dropping 2 of 3, they had their chances in both losses to come away with a win. -- no clutch hitting when men are on base.
13 games in, we're in the basement, and have scored less runs (by double digits) than anyone else in our division - what is up with that.
Around the league: They may have lost on Sunday, but no team is as hot as the AZ D-Backs. Johan Santana has only given up three earned runs in 14 innings, yet ended up with two straight losses. Batting .205, my predicted MVP candidate (JJ Hardy) is not looking too good right now. KC has the best pitching staff in the AL according to stats, can you name a starter?
Ortiz's power outage can be attributed to one thing in my cynical mind - no HGH in 2008.