Game 1 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (1 of 3)
|SP||Carlos Zambrano||SP||Ben Sheets|
|2007 Record||18-13, 3.95 ERA||2007 Record||12-5, 3.82 ERA|
|2B||Rickie Weeks||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|CF||*Tony Gwynn Jr.||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|1B||*Prince Fielder||1B||Derrek Lee|
|LF||Ryan Braun||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|3B||Bill Hall||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|RF||Corey Hart||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||JJ Hardy||C||Geovany Soto|
|P||Ben Sheets||CF||*Felix Pie|
||Jason Kendall||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
Opening Day 2008 has arrived and the season starts off with a division rival tilt between our beloved Cubbies and those Brew Babies from up north. This will be Zambrano's fourth straight Opening Day start, he's 0-1 with an 8.16 ERA in the previous three. Maybe it's Mother Nature's way of calming his nerves with the impending rain delay.
The Cubs need to get off to a fast start and not just because it's no fun digging yourself out of the kind of hole Lou's boys escaped last year. Between now and the end of May, the Cubs have 33 home dates; the Brewers, just 25. (Six of those Cub home games are against Milwaukee.)
At the end of the season, the situation is reversed: in September, the Cubs play just 9 home games; the Brewers, 16...the final three when they host the Cubs.