18. Toronto Blue Jays – The blue Jays plan to give it another run with all of the veterans they acquired last offseason, but what other choice do they really have?
“If the first week of the year is any indication, the Sox will have no problem shutting down games if a starter carries a lead past the sixth inning,” said Stankevitz.
Those same fans see instant replay as more of a nuisance than good. Once instant replay is used by Major League Baseball for one set of calls then when will it end? Will replay be used only on close plays at the plate or determining if a ball was actually fair or foul? What if, in the bottom of the ninth of a close game, a pitch is called a ball that appeared to be a strike? Will that be reviewed?
14. Kansas city Royals – A monumental step forward for the Royals, but it has to hurt seeing Wil Myers and Chris Archer having so much success with Tampa Bay.
The Knights are 13 games under .500 so the sale jerseys brass might just want to leave well enough alone. The talent at Class-AAA is what it is and they have to sink or swim with what they have and hope they do not have to dip into that part of the farm system like they did a year ago. The big club is having struggles of their own at 11-15 in a wide open American League Central – for second place that is – with no guarantee that it will be good enough to make the playoffs even with an extra Wild Card being added to the mix.
Chicago pushed the lead to 6-2 against Vinnie Pestano in the eighth when Pierre drove in another run with a single. He added to his Major League best stolen base total with his 68th steal.
In the ninth, closer Greg Holland loaded the bases with no outs, but after Paul Konerko grounded into a double-play, the Royals still led 1-0. Despite dodging a huge bullet, Holland blew his second save of the season, after an infield RBI single by Alexei Ramirez tied the game at 1-1.