I’m glad baseball’s back — it’s always a welcome distraction from the rigors of day-to-day life and lets me use my brain in different ways. One thing I’m particularly excited about using more this year are the PitchFX graphs at Brooks Baseball, which will blow your mind if you like statistics — graphical plots of a pitcher’s release point, balls and strikes, vertical and horizontal movement, and velocity are all included. (For example, here’s a breakdown of Carlos Zambrano’s awful Opening Day against the Braves.) If you’re a baseball fan who likes the intricacies of the game, spend a few hours with the PitchFX graphs — they’re fun!
Jake Peavy helped get the Padres off to a fine start, shutting down Barry Bonds and out-pitching Barry Zito enroute to a 7-0 shutout of the San Francisco Giants. I don’t think the Padres could have asked for a better start to the season with solid pitching and generating a great deal of offense against a dangerous Barry Zito. History shows, though, that Zito is not at his best on Opening Day, so I’m willing to chalk his performance today up to an aberration. Keeping Barry Bonds in the park is always a beautiful thing, too, especially after the spring he had.
One down, 161 to go…
Today’s Opening Day for Major League Baseball, the start of yet another wild 162-game ride for a World Series title. I managed to miss the Opening Night game last night (family takes precedence over baseball, after all), but I guess Chris Carpenter got knocked around in his first start of 2007.
The Braves are up 5-3 in the 10th against Philly right now. It’s the middle of the 10th now. Guess that rebuilt bullpen will be put to the test immediately, huh?
The Padres open their season in San Francisco tomorrow, facing Barry Bonds, former manager Bruce Bochy, and the rest of the San Francisco Giants. Jake Peavy gets the start for San Diego; he’ll face off against San Francisco’s newly acquired ace Barry Zito. Should be a fun one; sadly, it won’t be televised out here.
Finally, I’ll have something decent to watch on TV most nights. That period between November and April is such a drag with no games to watch, so this will be great.
The San Diego Padres won their opener 6-1 behind a damn fine Opening Day start by Jake Peavy, Mike Piazza’s home run in his first at-bat as a Padre, Josh Barfield’s first major league hit, and Khalil Greene’s 2-run homer and RBI later in the game. The pitching was top-notch, the offense came from many different places, and defense was terrific. This is a great start for San Diego, and I hope they keep it up.