Torii Hunter- Los Angeles Angels (CF)
Vs. Texas Rangers
3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
As a Sox fan- yeah, this blog is written by two Sox fans, get over it- I really feel like the stars are aligning this season. Take away Hunter, Johan Santana, and CC Sabathia, and the AL Central isn’t as scary as it once was. Of course, the Sox will likely have to tussle with Hunter’s Angels to get anywhere meaningful, and LA looks like a juggernaut right now. Hunter has just been ok offensively so far, and the Angels already have a 6.5 game division lead. If he gets hot, watch out.
Hiroki Kuroda- Los Angeles Dodgers (SP)
Vs. Atlanta Braves
Win: CG, 1 H, 0 ER, 6 K
The Dodgers may have been the real loser in the Sabathia trade. The NL West lacks one real good team, and acquiring the big lefty could have turned the Dodgers into that. Still, if Kuroda, a 33-year old who’s having a fine season, keeps pitching like this, Sabathia would be an afterthought. Kuroda took a perfect game into the eighth inning.
Ricky Nolasco- Florida Marlins (SP)
Vs. San Diego Padres
Win: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K
I’m not sure if normal people do this, but I automatically root for anyone named Ricky in sports. While Rick Nash is probably the top Richard around right now, Nolasco is making a strong push towards the top. Don’t be so surprised by yesterday’s performance either: Olsen told you the ex-Cub farmhand was someone to keep an eye on a week ago.
Adrian Gonzalez- San Diego Padres (1B)
Vs. Florida Marlins
Adrian Gonzalez really is one of baseball’s most underrated forces, so don’t expect many stat lines like last night. Oh well, I guess everyone occasionally has an off-day. Except for Olsen.