The first week of the season is a tempting mirage. It’s easy to believe that whatever happened the first week is what will happen the rest of the season, good or bad.
Adrian Gonzalez might really hit 135 homers this year! And he’ll need to because Clayton Kershaw stinks!
Maybe there really is a fantasy league where someone dropped Kerhsaw, who had two rocky starts for the Dodgers while his teammate mashed homer after homer, but most sane people know that there is a lot of baseball to be played and that Kershaw is a special arm. An arm you only see every few generations.
This week, there are three other special arms to watch: the Yankees’ Michael Pineda, the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker, and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright.
Wainwright is no secret but Pineda and Walker are still trying to make names for themselves. Walker was lit up in his first start but has the skills to be an ace. Pineda also has ace potential but has struggled with injuries since coming to New York in a deal a couple seasons ago from Seattle.
All three of these pitchers will help decide the fate of their respective teams, all of which have their eyes on the pennant.
Monday, April 13
New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05pm (ESPN)
Michael Pineda vs Wei-Yin Chen
Wednesday, April 15
Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10pm (ESPN2)
Taijuan Walker vs Brett Anderson
Sunday, April 19
Cincinnati Reds St. Louis Cardinals, 8:05pm (ESPN)
Mike Leake vs Adam Wainwright