Apr 052012
 

Filing from the remote office in Chicopee, MA… it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: Opening Day!

Three of the four full-season affiliates start up today, with Syracuse hosting Rochester this afternoon, Harrisburg visiting Bowie, and Hagerstown hosting West Virginia.

Team Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’11 Stats at Level)
Syracuse vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Mitch Atkins (3-7, 5.44) vs.
P.J. Walters (8-7, 5.17)
Harrisburg @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Robert Gilliam (12-7, 5.04 in Cal. Lg.) vs. TBD
Hagerstown vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (6-3, 4.01 in NYPL) vs.
Nicholas Kingham (6-2, 2.15 in in NYPL)

A reminder from last year: The order in which the starters begin is not an indication of #1, #2, etc. but how the organization wants to align starters in the minors when it comes time for promotions. This is even more important to keep in mind with the notable names in XST. I think a look at the first starters illustrates this point.

Mitch Atkins is the listed starter for Syracuse per MiLB.com, as many of may have heard that John Lannan was supposed to start but has been shifted from today to Sunday. Robert Gilliam, a.k.a. the Other Guy We Got From Oakland, is scheduled for Harrisburg. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez is slated for Hagerstown. Kyle Winters appears to be getting the assignment for Potomac tomorrow night.

None of these guys would be considered the ace of the staff in the traditional sense. But this isn’t “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain,” either. We all like results, but the goal is getting the work in and making progress. Some guys are going to be on pitch counts, for example, so keep that in mind before asking why did so-and-so only go five innings.

News & Notes starts back up tomorrow, and perhaps this afternoon we’ll find out the last of the spring releases.

  9 Responses to “Opening Day!”

  1. Any word on the starting lineup for the Chiefs, Senators, and Suns?

  2. Looking forward to the game in Bowie tonight

  3. I see Brad Peacock is a Rivercat instead of an Oakland A. Did you see anything on Brad’s ST performance or the A’s thinking re keeping Milone on the MLB roster while sending Brad to Sacramento?

  4. Really looking foward to seeing what Estevez can do tonight.

  5. Peacock struggled somewhat in spring training. Milone did fairly well, hence….

  6. Did anyone else read Kevin Goldstein’s tweet about the reports from ST on Matt Purke not being all that good? “@Kevin_Goldstein: Reports this spring were not encouraging. RT @jasunlee: @Kevin_Goldstein Matt Purke’s future is…?”

    All I’ve seen is that he was in XST. If anyone has a link to a scouting or media report staring the same, would you please be so kind as to post here? I’d like to inform myself of any Nats’ assessment of Purke. Thanks on advance.

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