I haven’t been able to go to a Bundesliga game just yet this season, but here’s what’s happened over the first three weekends.
The Cardinals got off to a terrible 0-4 start against Dohren (away) and Solingen (home), getting totally clobbered each time. At least it looked like that on the gametracker. In the second game against Dohren on April 5th they had a tryout pitcher from Japan by the name of Shingo Ono (Twitter) on the mound, who was torched for 11R (7ER) in 6.0 IP (7H, 4BB). He wasn’t much better in the second game against the Alligators a week later, going 7.1 IP with 10 H, 6 R (5 ER), 5 BB and 2 K. Still one has to say he ate up most of the innings over the first games and with 5 unearned runs he seemed to have encountered some tough luck. Maybe he can settle in.
With the Northern division only having 7 teams this season the Cards had the weekend off and hopefully that will get them back on track. If the stats on the official Bundesliga Homepage are true they badly needed that break. A .189/.243/.291 team line won’t cut it. As won’t a 9.90 staff ERA. But, and that’s what one always has to keep in mind, it’s a small sample size.
Meanwhile, looking at the top of the table, Solingen is off to a hot start going 6-0 and leading the Northern division comfortably, already three games up on Dohren (3-3) with Paderborn and Bonn in third place (2-2).
Here’s some nice (albeit short) footage of that Cardinals – Alligators series.
Regensburg is leading the way in the south again with a perfect 4-0 record, although they have a game coming up today against Heidenheim Heideköpfe (3-1), who had themselves such an off season (they acquired RHP Tyler Lockwood (2 GS, 2-0, 2.12 ERA, 17.0 IP, 19 K, 4 BB, 0.76 WHIP so far), who had been in the Red Sox organization) that they, too, are considered to have a chance to win the whole thing. Stuttgart (3-1) and Mainz (4-2) are the other teams with a winning record in the Southern division so far.
It’s all rather close right now. As you might’ve guessed.
On a side note, the League announced that this year’s Allstar Game, which will be held at Solingen on July 6th, won’t be showcasing a North vs South matchup, but instead will see the best players from around the league go up against the German national team. I presume in order to have the national team prepared for the European championships which take place in September. The headcoaches of last year’s finalists will have a say in who will be on the Allstar team as well as the fans who will be able to cast their vote online to determine the final three players who should make the team.