Week One: Not so good. Week Two: Starting off with a series at Detroit. It could be a bumpy ride for now. Prepare yourself for the difficult road ahead with a serving of piping hot breakfast links.
It will be nice to see the complete lineup we've all been dreaming on for so long
"The Blue Jays' farm system isn't quite what it used to be, but that doesn't mean there aren't any top prospects capable of making their way to the Major Leagues."
A deep look into one of the last remaining under analyzed aspects of baseball
The Blue Jays have a disappointing 2-4 record and should be alarmed about the defence, Richard Griffin writes in his weekly web-only Bullpen, a feature-length look at the franchise and news from around the league.
If you are a minor league depth junkie this signing is for you
AL EAST LINKS
"Yes, Nick Swisher's an Indian, but that just means he declines in Cleveland instead of the Bronx."
'Baseball people often say it is "too early" to draw conclusions in April. That is true. But at some point – usually when teams begin firing managers – "too early" becomes "too late." The changeover arrives abruptly, particularly if you are the newly deposed skipper.'
"The Red Sox are winning without him, but getting Ortiz back is obviously important for their season". File under "bad news"
Rays pick up the kind of cash and a PTBNLs you need for the long season.
REST OF THE BASEBALL UNIVERSE LINKS
An examination of how a league wide rise in strikeouts makes evaluating pitchers by K/BB ratios a little bit more difficult.
No one expected the Houston Astros to be contenders in their first year in the American League. Fourth or fifth place in the American League West would have been a pretty safe bet. But if the first week of the season is any indication, the Astros could be in for an historically bad season. Scott Ferguson of TSN Radio 1050 Toronto explains.
It’s dangerous to read too much into early-season games, but some results are instructive. Ben Nicholson-Smith passes along five lessons from the season’s first week.
"Terry Francona has 80 more games to find his way to Progressive Field. His first trip was an adventure"
If you think you are going to get a more in depth analysis of a single pitch thrown in a 0-0 count when the game was an 11-0 blowout, you're wrong.
NON-BASEBALL LINK OF THE DAY
I just can't resist a good alarmist headline when I see one.