Ok maybe I'm jumping the gun a little. Pujols lined out in his first Angels at-bat, but you can sense his impact to the culture and atmosphere around the whole Angels team. And the Cardinals are just a good team. I don't think anyone expects them to run away from the Brewers and Reds, but they have the right mix of veterans and youth to make another push toward the playoffs. Here are some other nuggets from the last 24 hours to consider.
- The man that played first base for the Angels last season was across the diamond for the first time in his career last night and made an error on a very routine play on his very first chance of the game. Mark Trumbo is just one of several Angels that could be a movable part throughout the season. What the team does to give Albert Callaspo (starter last year), Bobby Abreu (starter his whole career), and even Mike Trout (already raking one game into minor league season) at-bats will be interesting to see.
- Andre Ethier continued where he left off in Spring Training last night by belting two extra base hits. He is in a contract year and has said he wants to stay with the Dodgers. It will be the first test for the new ownership group.
- For those managers that have a coin flip of a decision to make on who to start the wind will be blowing out today at Wrigley Field.
- J.P. Arencibia is back in the Blue Jays lineup after catching 16 inning on Opening Day. Not exactly shocking given that he had a day off inbetween.
- The teams that are in the running for Roy Oswalt include the Cardinals, Angels, and Red Sox. The Red Sox would have money to spend according to Larry Lucchino. Signing Oswalt would enable the Sox to send Daniel Bard back to the bullpen where they know he can be successful and where they need someone that they know will be successful. Alfredo Aceves was valuable last year in long relief - who knows if he can handle the role the Red Sox have for him right now.
- Jorge De La Rosa threw a 45-pitch simulated game as he tries to make his comeback to the mound.