Apr 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
With the baseball season exactly one week old, whether it was because of a trade or electing to someone else via free agency, a lot of starting pitchers made their debut with a new team. Let's take a look at how some of those familiar faces did in their new places.
Trevor Cahill, Arizona Diamondbacks: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 5 K - Cahill was the key acquisition for the Diamondbacks this winter. Cahill's control declined last season and six walks in his season debut was concerning.
Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K - Not what the Reds hoped for from their supposed ace. Latos breezed through the Marlins the first time through the lineup, but the Marlins were on to him the second time around.
Jonathan Sanchez, Kansas City Royals: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K - 99 pitches in five innings for Sanchez sounds about right. Sanchez has the stuff, but consistency is still an issue. Watching him pitch is like pulling teeth.
C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K - Wilson was the "other guy" the Angels signed this offseason and he was good, but not great in his Angel debut. His location was off and if he was facing a better hitting lineup than the Minnesota Twins, he would have gotten hurt
Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K - I am not going to lie, it was really weird seeing Buehrle in a Marlin uniform, but after signing a four-year, $58 million contract this offseason, he came as advertised in his season debut against the Reds. Buehrle worked quickly, threw strikes, and got the win. Sounds about right.
Erik Bedard, Pittsburgh Pirates: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 - I really liked this signing by the Pirates and on Opening Day, Bedard matched Roy Halladay pitch for pitch. Bedard will have plenty of suitors come this year's trade deadline.
Edinson Volquez, San Diego Padres: 12 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 7 BB, 15 K's - It wasn't too long ago that Volquez was a National League All Star. He has fallen off the past couple of years, but he has looked rock solid in San Diego. He'll need to improve on his control in order to take his game to the next level.
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 5 K - Darvish's debut was less than stellar as a terrible first inning really did him in. Darvish was wild and when he did throw the ball over the plate, he was hit pretty hard. He was able to settle down and get through five innings. His next start against the Twins should be better.
Edwin Jackson, Washington Nationals: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K - Jackson is what he is this days, a 3 or 4 starter on a good team and that's what he pitched like in his Nationals debut against the New York Mets. He'll give the Nationals 200+ innings in 2012.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 6 K - Much like Sanchez, consistency has always been an issue with Gonzalez. He's walked 183 batters the last two seasons, which is absurd. Gonzalez showed that inconsistency against the Chicago Cubs. He will show his flashes of brilliance, but it's start like this one that prevent Gonzalez from becoming a bona fide ace.