I Got Five On It: Josh Beckett Gopher Ball Edition

By Bryan Lutz

Starting today, I plan on making “I Got Five On It” a daily blog recapping baseball’s five most important things that happened that day. Rather than break down each and individual game, I decided it was better to pick the five biggest storylines of the day. Whether it’s things we learned, interesting games, or exciting finishes, you can find it here. Today’s blog is brought to you by Josh Beckett’s gopher balls – the gift that kept on giving.

Josh Beckett Allows Five Home Runs to the Detroit Tigers

If you are a Boston Red Sox fan, you are probably going to hate me by the end of April because I am constantly going to remind you that your team isn’t very good. After a disappointing 3-2 loss on Opening Day, Josh Beckett took the mound against the Detroit Tigers on FOX’s Game of the Week. But thanks to his putrid effort, the game was over quickly. In 4 2/3 innings, Beckett allowed five home runs to the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit a pair, while Alex Avila hit number five against the Boston right-hander. Beckett has never been shy about giving up the long ball in his career. His 1.00 HR/9 ratio is pretty average for a pitcher of his caliber.

Doug Fister had to exit the game for Detroit due to a side injury. If this is a serious injury – which I highly doubt – this will hurt Detroit greatly. Outside of him and Verlander, the Tigers don’t have any starting pitchers I’m too impressed with. But he was placed on the 15-Day DL after the game.

Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians Like Playing Baseball

Two days removed from playing a record breaking 16-inning game on Opening Day, the Blue Jays and Indians were at it again on Saturday. This time, however, they only felt like playing 12 innings.

Both Brandon Morrow and Ubaldo Jimenez looked terrific today, carrying no-hitters pretty deep into the game. After a JP Arencibia error that extended the 5th inning, Morrow lost the no-hitter when he allowed a two-run home to Jason Kipnis. Ubaldo Jimenez lost his no-no in the 7th after a 2-out, 2-RBI single by Brett Lawrie.

Asdrubal Cabrera extended the game in the 9th when he took a high Sergio Santos fastball over the right field fence. But with four runs in the 12th, the Indians fell short in the end, losing 7-4.

Corey Hart Is Happy Adam Wainwright Is Back

Adam Wainwright made his season debut today and looked pretty good. He would have looked even better if he didn’t have to face Brewers‘ right fielder Corey Hart. In the Brewers 6-0 win, Hart hit two home runs (one off of Wainwright), driving in three Brewer runs. Wainwright’s final line read as this: 5 2/3 innings, four hits, three runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. Certainly a step in the right direction for the Cardinals’ ace.

Jamie Moyer Is Old

The 49-year old Jamie Moyer started today for the Colorado Rockies as their no. 2 starter. Jordan Schafer – who wasn’t even born when Moyer made his Major League debut – made sure the veteran’s season didn’t start off on a promising nothing, hitting a home over the right field wall.

While watching Moyer pitch is comical in itself, it’s more humorous to watch him at the plate. Who knows how long this Moyer sideshow will last, but the longer the better!

Philadelphia Phillies‘ Lack of Offense Is on Full Display

The Phillies have been one of baseball’s best team for the past four seasons. They have dominated with a great pitching and a deep lineup. But with the injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, the Phillies’ lineup is a shell of its former self. They still have some decent hitters, such as Hunter Pence, Jimmy Rollins, and Shane Victorino. But outside of that… bleh. Considering I picked the Washington Nationals to win the National League East to start the season, the lack of offensive input to start the season is promising to Nationals’ fans like myself.

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