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Opening Day Live Blog
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 3/31/2008 12:07:00 PM
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Getting a late start with the blog today, apropos given the delayed games today. Please chime in with what you're watching/listening to.

I'll start off with a couple of quick notes on DET-KC, CIN-AZ.

- Nice to see Alex Gordon go deep; he was under a lot of pressure last year, and Trey Hillman put a lot of faith in him, batting him third.

- Gordon got called out on a pitch about 4 inches outside in the first inning. Gary Sheffield walked on about the same pitch a couple of innings later. Time for my annual "veterans get the calls" rant - there's nothing I can't stand more than a rookie getting squeezed "because he hasn't earned that call yet" logic.

Did you have the second batter in your Edwin Encarnacion-first-error-of-the-season pool? I'm actually a big Eddie fan, and he improved defensively over the second half, but I hate seeing that concentration error out of him.


Comments....

Really sweet catch by Felix Pie - even if he's overmatched at the plate, his defense is going to keep him in the lineup longer than most young players. It's often overlooked, but a player's defense will go a long way in determining how much rope that a young player will get.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 12:12:00 PM
 
DirecTV channel 720 really rocks. That is all.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 12:12:00 PM
 
Kosuke Fukudome rips the first pitch he sees for a double to center. I still don't think he should be hitting fifth - I'd much rather see him at the top of the order, ahead of Soriano/Lee/Ramirez, to take advantage of his on-base skills.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 12:18:00 PM
 
A sure sign of spring .. Ben Sheets healthy and looking good. Too bad we only get that once a year.
Posted by schoenke at 3/31/2008 12:21:00 PM
 
Sheets just worked Pie's first at-bat perfectly.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 12:22:00 PM
 
David DeJesus gets pulled in the 1st or 2nd inning with an aggravation of his ankle injury... in leagues where you're desperate for SB and he's still around PICK UP JOEY GATHRIGHT
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 12:22:00 PM
 
Verlander was untouchable until that Gordon homer. I saw the at-bats Jeff was talking about where he got Gordon looking and then Meche walked in a run against Sheff with a better pitch and was wondering the same thing. Anyone else wondering how often that shaky bullpen is going to hang Verlander out to dry after a good start? They need to find some reliable late-inning arms and destroy Joel Zumaya's copy of Guitar Hero pronto.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 12:25:00 PM
 
Orioles offense not looking as ghastly as expected... at least at the top of the order. Roberts walks, Mora flies out, Markakis singles, Roberts & Markakis double-steal (Markakis had a surprising number of his steals on the back end of Roberts double-steals last year, and it will be interesting to see if he takes a hit in that category if Roberts gets dealt to the Cubs), Millar hits a two-run double off the wall that Crawford should have caught. Huff flies out, Hernandez flies out.

Guthrie's looking good -- but no walks and no strikeouts through 1.1. The bottom third of the order -- Luke Scott, Adam Jones, and Luis Hernandez -- is going to be terrible. One has to wonder if the free-swinging Jones will get pitched around with Hernandez, who could quite possibly be the worst-hitting regular in the majors, batting ahead of him.
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 12:25:00 PM
 
Lasik eye surgery works. Kendall just walked on four straight pitches in his first Brewers at-bat.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 12:27:00 PM
 
Luis Hernandez vs. Brian Bocock - death is not an option.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 12:27:00 PM
 
Instant Gratification: Brian Roberts logs his first steal of the season on Opening Day. Keep runnin' baby.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 12:27:00 PM
 
Who's the toughest guy for you to project this year? For me, it's Alexei Ramirez. I honestly have zero clue about what to expect out of him. There's no real reliable data, and I haven't yet had a chance to see him play.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 12:28:00 PM
 
It took the AZ announcers all of two innings to start up the WKRP jokes in the Diamondbacks-Reds game. Mark Grace is more of a "Bailey" guy than a Loni Anderson guy (I happen to agree, but I digress), in case you were interested.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 12:32:00 PM
 
Instant Gratification Part II: Carlos Guillen goes deep.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 12:34:00 PM
 
Another rain delay at Wrigley. Good thing Miller Park has a retractable roof that isn't being used.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 12:35:00 PM
 
Playing on March 31st in Chicago when they could play 90 miles north in a dome is stupid. Apparently, the game was originally scheduled to be in Milwaukee, but the Brewers didn't want a Cubs game to be the home opener because it would negate a sellout. All Cubs games in Milwaukee are sell outs, and opening day is also always a sell out. If they Cubs play in the home opener, then the Brewers get one less sell out during the season. Hopefully it doesn't bite them in the arse if this rain delay forces Sheets from the game.
Posted by herbilk at 3/31/2008 12:36:00 PM
 
You guys actually WATCH baseball? Wow. It's far too slow and there are far too many games for me to watch anything but the highlight shows. I guess this is why I like to think that, unlike football, you don't have to watch baseball to be a good fantasy player.
Posted by MPStopa at 3/31/2008 12:38:00 PM
 
With the usual "don't put too much into one game, especially Opening Day" caveat, boy I'm glad I didn't keep Mark Buehrle for $7 in the RotoWire Staff League.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 12:39:00 PM
 
Jeff- Milledge got squeezed on about 2 or 3 pitches yesterday because im assuming "he hasnt earned any respect" or something like that. I dont like it either.
Posted by djm1144 at 3/31/2008 12:40:00 PM
 
You don't like watching baseball? For shame...
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 12:42:00 PM
 
Toughest guy to project this year: Jeremy Bonderman. Will he be good or will he blow up again? More of a tough call than Alexei Ramirez because you could end up wasting a really high draft spot or auction dollars (see $30 at RotoWire staff auction) if he blows up, but I'm sure he's sunk like a stone in some leagues, where he is a great upside play.
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 12:47:00 PM
 
I actually don't think rookies get squeezed significantly more than veterans. Happens here and there, but it's not even in the same universe as the NBA vis-a-vis rookies. I think it's rookie pitchers who get hosed. But even then, I think it's more like crappy pitchers don't get the same benefit of the doubt as good pitchers. Not that that makes it right.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 12:50:00 PM
 
Fukudome's stroke off of Ben Sheets was pretty smooth. Glad I don't have Buehrle though he'll probably be fine... Just takes a lot of smooth sailing to balance the books...









Posted by cliss at 3/31/2008 12:54:00 PM
 
Just heard on the Diamondbacks' telecast that the Reds have the second oldest roster (or lineup, not sure which) in baseball. That's not a good thing, especially when you have Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto and Joey Votto at your disposal. The oldest? The Houston Astros.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 1:00:00 PM
 
Gordon gets screwed on back-to-back pitches again. At this point, however, on that third pitch, you have to realize that the damn ump is not going to give you that call.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 1:02:00 PM
 
I had trouble projecting a lot of the Cubs this year, for some reason. Seriously.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 1:02:00 PM
 
I don't know how Denny Bautista can breathe with that chain around his neck.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 1:04:00 PM
 
Heh, I noticed that too - it's got that sort of Mr. T like quality.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 1:12:00 PM
 
Gordon and Teahen look so similar in the batter's box. Not that I can't tell them apart, but they're really clones.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 1:13:00 PM
 
Helluva catch by Orlando Hudson; love watching the O-Dog play.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 1:16:00 PM
 
Great throw by Brandon Inge to nail Teahen at the dish in extras.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 1:18:00 PM
 
Check out the hose on Brandon Inge.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 1:18:00 PM
 
Inge is a fantastic athlete - he's a pretty solid defender most places they put him.

Switching gears, caught Keith Law on ESPN Radio today and I was sad when the segment ended. He's got something very intelligent to say on every subject, every time. I know he's on fairly regularly, but it's not enough.

Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 1:22:00 PM
 
That's what she said
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 1:22:00 PM
 
Kinda surprised to see Sheets still in the game. I guess Yost doesn't want to lose his 8 hitter.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 1:23:00 PM
 
Directed at uwmichael's comment
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 1:23:00 PM
 
Good one bscwik. Realized something like that was coming right after I posted it.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 1:24:00 PM
 
Not sure I get MLB's scheduling with regards to the Nats/Braves. Why not have them play a two-or-three game series this week, including the Sunday night game? They both had to travel overnight for games today. Who are the ad wizards who came up with that one?
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 1:25:00 PM
 
Brian Roberts is 1-1 with two walks 1 SB, and 1 CS today so far. How many 0-fers out of Theriot and DeRosa do they stomach before trading Pie for him?
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 1:26:00 PM
 
It was only about 40 or so minutes between the start of the rain delay and Sheets' warmups to return. That's not a tremendous amount of time to wait. He made Theriot and Soriano look pretty silly after the delay, so he couldn't have been too affected.
Posted by herbilk at 3/31/2008 1:26:00 PM
 
I was thinking the same thing, Jeff. Why not just start the season out with a 3-game set in Washington?
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 1:26:00 PM
 
Bret, I don't dislike watching, I'd just prefer following the stats and watching "Baseball Tonight" (or something similar) rather than deal with the tediousness of every throw over to first to keep a runner close or every delay between pitches. For me the fun of baseball is in the stats and the highlights, not the 3-hour experience of each game.
Posted by MPStopa at 3/31/2008 1:32:00 PM
 
The Good:

Andre Ethier playing left field and batting second.

Watching the Royals' young hitters. Fun team.

A healthy Ben Sheets.

The Bad: Russell Martin hitting sixth.

Watching Corey Patterson lead off for the Reds.

Owning Buehrle in the Rotowire Staff League 2.
Posted by vtadave at 3/31/2008 1:32:00 PM
 
Sheets looks like a guy trying to ink a fat deal in eight months.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 1:34:00 PM
 
Nasty slider by Soria on Renteria.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 1:35:00 PM
 
Can you blame him? It's not like he didn't pitch hard the last few seasons -- just wasn't healthy.
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 1:36:00 PM
 
Tony Gwynn Jr. has made a couple of nice plays already today.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 1:38:00 PM
 
Another nice catch by Gwynn Jr.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 1:39:00 PM
 
Barry Zito looks to be in midseason form.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 1:40:00 PM
 
Clete Thomas with a double in the 11th for the Tigers. This bullpen is brutal...
Posted by MotownRandy at 3/31/2008 1:40:00 PM
 
Stopa, that's exactly what makes baseball a great game -- the strategy on each pitch makes it fun. Even if it's just guessing which pitch the pitcher will throw. But to each his own ...

Baseball Tonight became unwatchable for me last year whenever a certain portly, shaggy-haired fellow was on. I can only take so much analysis like, "He's a professional hitter!"
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 1:41:00 PM
 
I may be very late to the party here - do we actually have home/and/away choices on the announcing teams this year with MLBEI? If so, wow is that so awesome.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 1:46:00 PM
 
Randy, which bullpen are you cutting on? KC's pitched well today, and while I don't like Detroit's pen, I wouldn't say it cost the Tigers the game today, though I'd like to give Jason Grilli a one-way ticket to Siberia.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 1:48:00 PM
 
A peep of mine asked for some fantasy lists and advice last week, and my first point, in bold print - don't bid on Zito, I don't care what the amount. Most overrated player in the NL.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 1:50:00 PM
 
Zambrano has absolutely owned Rickie Weeks today.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 1:53:00 PM
 
Somebody watching the LAD/SF game inform us on how Brian Bocock's first MLB at-bat went.
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 1:56:00 PM
 
Pianow, if you're late to the party, please leave the door open for me. I hope this means that if a game in your local market is not televised, you can still watch the away team's feed. That was the single dumbest rule in sports television.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 2:03:00 PM
 
Brian Bocock's first at-bat begins ominously, as his own home station has a graphic that says "Due up: Bacock"

Fastball, Ball 1
Fastball, Foul ball
Fastball, Ball 2
Fastball, Ball 3
Fastball, Foul ball
Fastball, Ball 4

His OBP is 1.000
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 2:06:00 PM
 
I don't know the rule, I just see *some* games double-bagged on my DirecTV, with both sides coverered. Vin Scully is on 733, the Giant TV guys are on 732. Channels 726-727 have both sides of the Arizona-Cincinnati game. I don't know why this is or if it will continue, but I'm pumped if we get more choices going forward.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 2:07:00 PM
 
This has to be a record for most rain delayed games on Opening Day.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 2:10:00 PM
 
Over/under on Zito's 2008 ERA? 5.70?
Posted by vtadave at 3/31/2008 2:12:00 PM
 
Zambrano out with a finger injury...happened on a successful pick-off throw to second in the seventh inning.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 2:18:00 PM
 
It looked like a cramp or a sprain, something along those lines.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 2:19:00 PM
 
I remember as a kid watching an April rainout at Wrigley on the Saturday Game of the Week, and Tommy Lasorda was ranting about the schedule makers sending West Coast teams east to play in April. Don't know why that stuck with me.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 2:20:00 PM
 
It's OK, Dave, they only have to pay Zito $18 million a year through 2013.
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 2:26:00 PM
 
Who's running the "Cubs closer Carlos Marmol" pool? I'll take May 1st.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 2:36:00 PM
 
So much for Lyon's bad spring holding him back...
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 2:38:00 PM
 
As a Cubs fan, I like Marmol in the freelance set-up role as opposed to closer. Let him come in in the toughest spots rather than pigeonholing him into the ninth inning.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 2:38:00 PM
 
Re: Lyon -- Meanwhile, Tom Gordon has an inauspicious debut as fill-in closer for the Phillies, after an impressive spring. Shows you how much those spring stats matter, especially for relievers.
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 2:43:00 PM
 
Ozzie Guillen might punch someone if the Sox don't win.
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 2:46:00 PM
 
Michael - I'm with you on Marmol getting used that way. For that matter, I'm bullish on Kerry Wood - I think he'll do just fine as the closer.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 2:47:00 PM
 
I understand, but at the same time I don't quite understand why San Francisco is hitting their most expensive batter 6th. He's only going to get 3 at-bats a game there, whereas you want Rich Aurilia, Bengie Molina, and Ray Durham to come up in high pressure situations? And with Castillo, Bacock, and pitcher behind him, he's not going to see anything to hit. He doesn't have the greatest walk rate, but he did have a .374 OBP last year and has a modicum of speed. If I were them, I'd bat Winn 2nd and Rowand 3rd. Unless they're just trying to "split up the lefties" re: Roberts and Winn.
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 2:49:00 PM
 
If I ran a club, my "ace reliever" would come in when the game was at a critical point - screw the save rule. I wish managers had the stones to do that.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 2:50:00 PM
 
I really hate it when I make a sandwich and I put the mayo on the wrong side. I don't do it often, but when I do it's really disappointing.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 2:52:00 PM
 
Vin Scully on Zito: "At no time did it look like he had the game in his hands at all. ... It was all downhill."

Welcome back, Vin.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 2:55:00 PM
 
Anyone see Victor Martinez go down? Did it look serious?
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 2:55:00 PM
 
Re: Mayo - Which side is the correct side?
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 3:03:00 PM
 
Well, Wood didn't do so well in his first outing. Now we get to see if Gagne can give up less than three runs.
Posted by herbilk at 3/31/2008 3:04:00 PM
 
on a side note, Mota looked pretty good in his one inning of work. It was so much nicer than watching Chris Spurling or Matt Wise last season.
Posted by herbilk at 3/31/2008 3:05:00 PM
 
thanks for that timing, Kerry.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 3:06:00 PM
 
FUKUDOME!!!
Posted by uwmichael at 3/31/2008 3:13:00 PM
 
If Wrigley doesn't pony up for the naming rights, they should put a roof on it and call it the Fuku Dome. That was awesome.
Posted by cliss at 3/31/2008 3:14:00 PM
 
Typical Joe Borowski save today - three-run lead, gives up a solo homer, Indians win by two.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 3:20:00 PM
 
How long til Gagne gets removed as closer? And who gets first shot at replacing him?
Posted by MPStopa at 3/31/2008 3:35:00 PM
 
DVR, Mayo goes on the meat side. Top piece of bread, mayo, meat, lettuce, pickles, cheese, mustard on the bottom piece of bread. This way the ingredients hit the palette in precisely the right spots for maximum taste.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 3:36:00 PM
 
$10 million says that it'll take a few more bad outings like this before they even think about changing him out. David Riske, I guess, would get the first shot, but I could Turnbow also getting that nod.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 3:38:00 PM
 
$10 million, true, but just a one-year deal, so it's not like the Brewers are wedded to Gagne. He's got to be at the top of the list of closers most likely to lose their jobs the soonest.
Posted by MPStopa at 3/31/2008 3:43:00 PM
 
I think Jeff's right. Riske would get the first crack and it's debatable between Mota/Turnbow for the slot after that.
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 3:44:00 PM
 
I'm not a Mets fan, but I'll listen to Gary Cohen anytime.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 3:49:00 PM
 
Hernandez is the leader of the pack.
Posted by djm1144 at 3/31/2008 3:51:00 PM
 
Jeff Francis (and his owners) are sure happy to have this one washed out.
Posted by bscwik at 3/31/2008 3:53:00 PM
 
Yeah, I think Riske is going to be a trendy FAAB pickup in the coming days. Also, how pathetic is it that Gagne got credit for the Win with that stat line?

Bret, yeah, but Pujols lost a HR and Ankiel lost a 2-run double. GRRRRR.
Posted by MPStopa at 3/31/2008 3:55:00 PM
 
Even though Gagne choked in the ninth, I was definitely pleased with the work of Torres, Mota and Riske. Last year was the opposite where Cordero was lights out, but the rest of the bullpen was crap. I think I'd rather have it this way, where the ninth inning guy is the weak link and everyone else does their job.

It should also be noted that Yost didn't use Turnbow at all during that game, and Mota came on to pitch the eighth innning with a 0-0 tie. I'm not sure if that means he's fallen back in the pecking order or if Yost only wants to use Turnbow with a lead.

Lastly, what was the deal with Aramis Ramirez today? He looked pretty lethargic. Maybe last year's solid fielding numbers were a fluke.
Posted by herbilk at 3/31/2008 3:56:00 PM
 
Marlon Byrd is not good.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 4:36:00 PM
 
Bedard already over 100 pitches with nobody out in the 5th. He got off to a slow start last year, so if he's a little off (and he was this spring, too), I'm not yet concerned.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 5:04:00 PM
 
Both Bedard and Millwood have been pretty squeezed too. I guess the inside corner doesn't count for strike this year.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/31/2008 5:16:00 PM
 
The profile shot of Millwood looks a little bit like Matthew Berry.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 5:44:00 PM
 
Where are those Guinness guys when you need them: "Vlad is Scioscia's kind of player." - Joe Morgan

Brilliant!
Posted by dvr9484 at 3/31/2008 6:16:00 PM
 
If loving Nate McLouth is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 6:53:00 PM
 
Sean McDonough on the Astros-Padres. Sweet. Just wish Raftery and Bilas were with him.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 7:02:00 PM
 
Thank you Brandon Lyon and James Shields for bringing me out of last place in Tout Wars. May you keep it up. I might just have a semblance of a bullpen if Lou wises up and replaces Wood with Marmol.

Anyway....loved the Giants infield today: Aurilia, Durham, Bocock, Castillo. Truly epic. Even better - paying $60 million for a center fielder and hitting him sixth behind Ray Durham. Good stuff.

Borowski up to his old tricks - solo HR by Dye but still gets the save. 1 save, 9.00 ERA.

Tom Gordon's ERA: 135.01.
Posted by vtadave at 3/31/2008 7:18:00 PM
 
That ninth inning in Atlanta, just bizarre. And we play on . . .
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 7:39:00 PM
 
The ninth isn't bizarre, it's the Pirates. I can't believe how scared Matt Capps looked on the mound. He walked six batters unintentionally all of 2007 and walked two in the ninth inning and was lucky that was all. His velocity was 91-93, down a few mph, but he had no clue where the ball was going. Jason Bay has no brain. He just stopped going after a ball that was his all the way, letting the tying run in. Playing not to lose is no way to win.
Posted by jtopper at 3/31/2008 7:51:00 PM
 
I've got the Padres' telecast for the Astros-Padres game, featuring Matt Vasgersian and Tony Gwynn. Very listenable. They showed a trivia question clip that featured Sterling Hitchcock striking out a slew of Astros, including Derek Bell, and Vasgersian was quick with the "Operation Shutdown" reference. Well done.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 8:11:00 PM
 
Operation Shutdown, indeed. Bell bought a yacht and found enough time to coach first base for Rays, no wait, that's joggin' George Hendrick. Name this infamous quote-er ... "If I ain't starting I ain't departin." Xavier Nady has as many hits against the Braves Monday night (four) as he had all of spring training, I think.
Posted by jtopper at 3/31/2008 8:30:00 PM
 
Vasgersian does a nice job letting the humor come to him; he's witty, but he doesn't force it. I enjoy his work.

McDonough, unfortunately, is saddled with a bad team on ESPN tonight.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 8:31:00 PM
 
Garry Templeton said that "startin/departin" quote, in reference to an All-Star Game election. One of those weird players who was far better in the first quarter of his career then he was later on. Hard to believe he was traded for Ozzie Smith (!).
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 8:33:00 PM
 
Damn, didn't get a chance to see Topper's question before Scott grabbed it. I blame my 3.5 year-old's nightly temper tantrum about going to bed.


Templeton also had the unique distinction of getting ejected for a profane gesture on Lady's Day at old Busch Stadium.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 8:41:00 PM
 
Good call on Templeton, SP. BTW, Nate McLouth, Nate McLouth, Nate McLouth. I wonder if Kelly Johnson is injured or if Bobby Cox just decided to yank him after a few innings because he misplayed a routine grounder into an error and messed up a second chance that was ruled a hit. Ryan Doumit looked inspired behind the plate in his surprise start over Ronny Paulino. He's always an injury risk and it's only Game No. 1, but so far, so good.
Posted by jtopper at 3/31/2008 8:44:00 PM
 
For those of you with little leaguers, remember to change the channel before they show Jason Bay's attempt of catching a fly ball hit to him with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Where is the passion? Oh well, the Pirates are in first place and all is right in the world.
Posted by jtopper at 3/31/2008 8:52:00 PM
 
I was afraid the Bucs would hold the ninth-inning gaffe against McLouth, since he's the center fielder (though Bay was in his own private Idaho at the end of the play). And wow did Morgan look lightning fast in his brief appearance. Still, McLouth got it done on offense, pick-off to the side. Just play him, Bucs . . . just play him.
Posted by spianow at 3/31/2008 9:03:00 PM
 
How quickly do the Bucs want to trade Bay so that they can make room for Pearce, and how badly does Bay want out? He pulled the same crap in the field in spring training, too.
Posted by Erickson at 3/31/2008 9:08:00 PM
 
How do you let Oswalt throw 114 pitches Opening Day, when there have been questions recently about his stamina as the year has worn on due to his frame? Nice job there Coop. Also, as a Mets fan, how can I sign up for 30+ more outings from Santana this year like he had today?
Posted by airjan23 at 3/31/2008 9:09:00 PM
 
As a Capps owner, not happy right now, and have Wood in another league. Yucch, though not as bad as Gordon.
Posted by airjan23 at 3/31/2008 9:09:00 PM
 
The reason I blame Bay and not McLouth on that fly ball, even though McLouth is the center fielder (which is admittedly a big "even though") is because a lefthanded batter hit it. The ball was slicing toward Bay like one of my golf drives. Not only that but he ran in past it by like 10 yards. He would never make a fuss about wanting out of the 'Burgh, but it's hard envisioning the Bucs getting anything for him. It's not like there's a shortage of outfielders on the market and he hasn't shown the ability to separate himself from other OFers as he has in the past. I wouldn't be surprised to see Pittsburgh protect him at PNC Park by moving him to right field sometime soon. Oswalt threw 114 pitches Jan? Oh that's just great. I picked him up in a money league yesterday. SP, did you see Morgan almost slide past second base on his pinch-double? He needs an anchor or something...
Posted by jtopper at 3/31/2008 9:18:00 PM
 
Topper, I have Oswalt in my draft league, so really not happy and also have Zambrano and Capps.
Posted by airjan23 at 3/31/2008 9:25:00 PM
 
Oh, and by the way, glad my Broadway Blues paid you guys back today for Sunday.
Posted by airjan23 at 3/31/2008 9:26:00 PM
 
Capps almost looked like Joey Devine in San Fran last year or the year before, when he couldn't throw a strike for his life. Remember that? Capps still should be ok, though, it's not like he flopped in spring training. Franquelis Osorio could sneak in a save or two for the Pirates, based on 1/162 of the 2008 season.
Posted by jtopper at 3/31/2008 9:30:00 PM
 
Jan, did you have to go personal on this blog. Where is your decorum, with Sean (not Steve) Avery??
Posted by jtopper at 3/31/2008 9:31:00 PM
 
Vasgersian *** Ted Leitner....


Posted by vtadave at 3/31/2008 9:45:00 PM
 

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