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Carlos Gomez And Other Fantasy Notes From Opening Day

Carlos Gomez was electric last night in the season opener for the Minnesota Twins.  He lead-off with a double down the left field line and scored on Joe Mauers single.  He bunted for a single in his next AB and easily stole second on a pitchout.  His third AB resulted in a walk and another stolen base on a high pitch.  After being moved over by a 4-3 groundout by Joe Mauer, he scored on an infield-in single by Michael Cuddyer.

A walk and a bunt single?  If he does either with regular frequency this season, he is going to be much, much better than anyone thought possible.  To boot, he chased down a sure double by Gary Matthews Jr at the RRCF wall.  Matthews did not look too pleased.

Here is the clip.  Judge for yourself.  Gomez looks like he is playing at a different speed.

In other Opening Day news:

  • Michael Bourn went 1-3 with a BB and two SB.
  • Jake Peavy and Johan Santana turned in Opening Day gems.  Both picked-up Wins.  Peavy allowed no runs but just 4 Ks.  Santana allowed two earned runs but struck out 8.
  • San Francisco Giants speed merchant, Eugenio Velez, plaed LF last night.  In many leagues, this is enough to give him OF eligibility to pair with his 2B one.
  • New Dodgers' LF Andre Ethier rewarded manager Joe Torre's faith in him by going 0-4.  Worse, Torre ended Pierre consectutive games played streak at 434.  Torre fucked-up.  There is no reason Pierre couldn't have played defense late in the game.  See what happen when the hatin' reaches torches and pitchfork proportions.
  • Brad Lidge can't return fast enough.  Fill-in closer Tom Gordon blew a save in spectacular fashion.  he allowed five earned runs an got just an out before Clay Condrey stopped the bleeding.  
  • After an 0-4 season debut, Nationals' OF Lastings Milledge went 2-4 with a HR.  However, he has just 160 games left to get to the self-proclaimed goal of 30 SBs.
  • Last night, Arizona closer Brandon Lyon saved the first game of the season.  Setting-up was Tony Pena in the 8th and Chad Qualls in the 7th.  Seems like the pecking order until someone gets hurt.
  • Tigers' DH Gary Sheffield walked four time yesterday.  That is porn for sabremetricians, but fantasy players want something else.  Wehre is the sign that last year's 22 SB will come back?
  • The Orioles had CF Adam Jones batting 8th.  If this last for a month or two, be prepared to reduce the RBI expectations for the season downward towards 80.