2012 Opening Day

Finally, the games are here. Supposedly, there were a few games last week in the middle of the night somewhere in the world, but in my mind the Cardinals/Marlins game tonight is the true Opening Day. For all the good things that Major League Baseball has done to improve the game, they completely have their heads in their ass when it comes to promoting Opening Day. Opening Day should be highlighted by a full slate of games with great rivalries. It should not be two games in Japan between two of the worst teams and then one game on a Wednesday night. As painful as it is for me to do, I tip my hat to the NFL. The opening week to their season is full of excitement and great match-ups and they do it the way it should be done. I’ll jump off this soapbox – back to the important stuff.

  • In my AL-Only Head to Head League, I drafted Mark Melancon with the thought that Andrew Bailey would find his way back to the DL this season. Well, Bailey did not even make it through Spring Training before landing on the disabled list, but Bobby Valentine named Alfredo Aceves the closer today. Melancon remains worthy of a roster spot in deep mixed leagues and AL-Only Leagues because Aceves is anything but a sure thing. Bailey is expected to miss 4 to 5 months per a source, according to Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald.
  • Troy Tulowitzki(elbow) could be ready to go for Opening Day after making it through Tuesday’s batting practice session without any issue.
  • X-rays that were taken on Nelson Cruz’s left elbow were negative. He is considered day-to-day.
  • Its appears Brandon Belt is going to open the season as the Giants starting first baseman. Belt could be the steal of most drafts based on draft position in most leagues if he produces like the Giants hope he will in 2012.
  • Michael Pineda says that his shoulder is feeling better. He’s still going to start the year on the DL, and he’s still likely to miss all of April.
  • Chipper Jones is optimistic that he can return from the DL in mid-April. Jones should have retired at the beginning of this year instead of at the end. Jones is a risk in most formats.
  • Kyle Farnsworth had an MRI on his injured elbow revealed only a strain. He feels confident he will be back with rest. The two likely candidates to replace Farnsworth are Joel Peralta or Fernando Rodney.