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Monday, April 03, 2006

It's Opening Day!

The likely lineups for "Scrap Iron" Garner and "I Sure Wish Someone Would Have Told Me That They Were Going to Gut This Team Before I Took the Managerial Job Here" Girardi (parenthetical numbers represent historical performance vs. opposing starting pitcher):

Hanley Ramirez - SS
Jeremy Heredia - RF
Miguel Cabrera - 3B (1-3)
Mike Jacobs - 1B
Josh Willingham - LF
Dan Uggla - 2B
Reggie Abercrombie - CF
Miguel Olivo - C (0-2)
Dontrelle Willis - P (0-2)

Craig Biggio - 2B (2-12)
Willy Taveras - CF (0-7)
Lance Berkman - 1B (4-13, 3 RBI)
Morgan Ensberg - 3B ( 2-10)
Preston Wilson - LF (4-10, 1 HR)
Jason Lane - RF (1-8, 1 HR)
Brad Ausmus - C (4-8)
Adam Everett - SS (4-11, 1 HR)
Roy Oswalt - P (0-2)

The remarkably consistent Roy O. has been stellar in April throughout his career, posting a 10-7 record, 3.08 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and .239 avg against. As good as Oswalt has been, D-Train has been even better: 8-0, 1.91 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and .213 avg against. Willis is 3-1 lifetime v. the Astros with two complete games in four starts and a 3.00 ERA, while Oswalt is 2-2 lifetime v. the Fish with a 2.52 ERA.

Prediction: Preston Wilson does his best 2005 Joe Randa Opening Day imitation, hitting a solo HR in the 9th to lead the Astros to a 1-0 victory.


Blogger Tim said...

I think what everyone really wants to know is whether tonight will be the first of the Reds' 81 projected victories, Nostradamus. That prediction may be more ridiculous than your annual "UK Football will win nine games this season" rant.

Mon Apr 03, 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Carlos Zambrano melts down and leaves with a forearm injury in the fourth after Adam Dunn hits a 3-run blast, Aaron Harang dominates for seven innings and the Reds win 6-1 on Opening Day versus the hapless Cubbies.

Mon Apr 03, 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

I'd be willing to take some action on that Reds-Cubs prediction if you're interested.

By the way, thanks for the gratuitious Gallo pic. Might as well try to give me a heart attack now; we all know it's coming the first time he jogs in from the pen. Gas Can aside, thank God it's Opening Day.

Mon Apr 03, 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Well, I was a bit off on the role that P-Will would play in his Astros debut, but I have to humbly admit that I did correctly peg the 1-0 Astros victory in sum. I hope our readers heard Lance Berkman's hysterical quotes on SR610 this morning about the fact that the offense is "getting tired of carrying the load" for the pitching and that "pitchers pitch once every five days and golf the other four, so they ought to throw a shutout if they want to win a game." That guy makes it easy to be an Astros fan.

Tue Apr 04, 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Berkman is just a great personality. We're lucky to have him in H-town.

Tue Apr 04, 09:56:00 AM  

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