Tonight we bring you the first post of The Summer of Baseball, where we will explore all things baseball for the 2015 season. We are friends spread out across the country from California to Kansas City to South Dakota, united by our passion for baseball, writing, and stats. The vision and plan for this site is very much up in the air. Whether anyone ever actually reads it remains to be seen. Hopefully, this will be a site that explores our passion for baseball through a variety of lenses: statistical, fantasy, hometown team fandom, popular culture, literary, analytical, and so forth.
A few notes from the opening series of the 2015 season, aka things that stood out to me:
- The A's Sonny Gray taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning on opening day. Can the A's rebound with the likes of Brett Lawrie and Ben Zobrist adding their multi-positional skills to the team? Their opening series with the Rangers zigzagged blowouts, as the two clubs split the four game series.
- Adrian Gonzalez's home run barrage. Has his power rebounded in a big way, or is this merely opening week randomness?
- Billy Hamilton's stolen base barrage. He has stolen six bases in three games, at least one steal every game. He even successfully stole when the Pirates pitched out. Can Billy swipe 100?
- The successful return of Matt Harvey this afternoon, a much needed boost for the Mets.
Today's game of note: the Giants outlasting the Padres in 12 innings by a score of 1-0. Ian Kennedy is looking like he will hit the DL.