The Morning Edition (April 17, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth


From Last Night:

  • Phillies and Reds remain tied in the 9th inning as play was suspended with the score 0-0
  • In a wonderful display of patriotism, Yankee Stadium plays “Sweet Caroline” between innings of a 4-2 win
  • Braves hit five homeruns and improve to 12-1 on the season

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Justin Masterson takes on the Red Sox in Cleveland looking to build on strong start (7p Eastern)
  • Cards’ rookie Shelby Miller takes the hill against AJ Burnett and the Pirates (7p Eastern)
  • The brilliant and wild Matt Moore takes on the O’s (7p Eastern)
  • Clayton Kershaw is pitching (10p Eastern)
  • Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer face off in the battle for the soul of Fangraphs (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • What’s the record for most games ahead of 2nd place for a team through 13 games? Braves have to be close. 4.5 ahead of the Mets and Nats as I write this.

Of note on Tuesday was hearing “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium in honor of those affected by the tragedy in Boston. That’s a relatively powerful statement of solidarity that should bring fear to the hearts of those responsible. Additionally, the Braves won a baseball game, which should not surprise us at this point. They’re 12-1 over their first 13 games but the only offensive star who is producing is Justin Upton. The other guys who are contributing are names like Evan Gattis, Chris Johnson, Juan Francisco, and, I kid you not, Ramiro Pena. Uggla, Simmons, Heyward, and the elder Upton are all struggling. The NL East should shudder at the thought of a Braves team in which all of those players are performing even reasonably well. I would also like to point out Edwin Jackson’s stat line for the season because it is just ridiculous. He’s 0-2 in 3 starts over 16.1 innings and has a 6.06 ERA which sounds awful. But he has an 11.02 K/9, 5.51 BB/9, and .260 FIP. Early season numbers mean very little, but that’s just silly. That’s a technical term, silly.

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