It's Opening Day; I'm Going to Throw Out the First Hurricane Ike Reference

The Astros hate the Cubs. Everyone who is not a Cubs fan hates Carlos Zambrano. And the Houstons are opening the season at home with the best pitcher in team history on the mound. You'd think that would be enough to activate their adrenal glands. But of course, there's that other business left over from 2008:

After surging back
into the wild-card race with the best record in the National League
after the All-Star break, the Astros saw their season stalled for two
days because of Hurricane Ike. With downtown a mess and most of Houston
without electricity, the Astros were dispatched to Milwaukee to play
two “home games” against the Cubs.

Several in the
pro-Chicago crowd held up signs thanking Ike for shifting the series to
Miller Park. Even worse, Zambrano no-hit the Astros in the first game,
beginning the five-game losing streak that put an end to their
postseason hopes.

Hurricane Ike hangover or not, tonight's matchup, on the road, against a great pitcher, looks like a tough one for the Cubs, who have gone 2-2 in Zambrano's previous Opening Day assignments. But regardless, how much fun is it knowing that in just a few hours, regular season baseball will be back?

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Great matchup... the outcome depends on who shows up to pitch for the Cubs: Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.

For everyone predicting the Reds to be a contender this year...they're Opening Day lineup

Hairston, D. McDonald (no idea), Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Encarnacion, Hernandez, Gonzalez....

that lineup ain't winning shit....

Well... to be fair, I'd take Votto, Phillips, Bruce, or Encarnacion over Fontenot in my lineup any day.

Tavaras out with the flu.

Harang v. Santana (ouch)

really going out on a ledge there ryno...

I'd take Utley, Uggla or Pedroia over Fontenot too....

I'd be willing to take Bruce for Fukudome...and I love me some Fukkake.

I thought Chris Dickerson would get the LF job he only hit .323 with 2 HR 6 RBI and had 6 SB's (5 cs) to Hairstons .111 spring average.

But what was a i thinking, its Dusty Baker. He has enough young players being thrust on him, he needs his veterans somewhere to show the other guys how the game is played.

Btw nice route on that simple fly ball Hairston. It almost ate you alive, geeeez what shitty manager.

If your going to go with a shitty OFer in LF, atleast go with Johnny Gomes. He has a .879 career OPS against lefties which i think is better than Hairstons .703. Well atleast Hairston is athletic he has that going for him.

Yeah, Gomes has power but a low OBP. That won't do on the new-look Reds. Dusty likes 'em (s)crappy.

Darnell McDonald is a former Corey Patterson type prospect with the Orioles as I recall.

Besides him batting in the most important spot in the order, that lineup is pretty decent. 3 - 8 have all had good ML seasons recently, with the exception of Bruce who will have one this year.

Dusty as their manager = not winning shit

Last I heard Dusty has won a helluva' lot of games.

Zambrano's opening day woes (maybe he'll get himself ejected from the game this year!) vs. his love of dominating the Astros. Ought to be fun.

DeRosa batting 2nd for Indians (imagine that)...hits 4 HR's in his first AB...

alright, just a walk.

Despite what some broadcasters might claim, batting 2nd between Sizemore and Victor Martinez > batting 2nd between Soriano and Derrek Lee. What a wonderful place in the lineup to be. Good for DeRo.

I'd bat Zambrano 5th, but otherwise not a bad lineup.

That lineup sucks.

It's one 'good Fukudome' from being scary isn't it?

what a shitty lineup...

Opening day!

2004 - Grudzielanek 2b, Patterson cf, Sosa rf, Alou lf, Ramirez 3b, Lee 1b, A Gonzalez ss, Barrett c, Wood P

2006 - Pierre cf, Walker 2b, Lee 1b, Ramirez 3b, Jones rf, Barrett c, Murton lf, Cedeno ss, Zambarano P

That lineup is awful!!

Go Cubs.

Fukudome should be hitting 8th. A Japanese player who thrived in a league of junk ballers should be in a position to hit where he'll see similar pitches. Switch TheRiot and Fuk, and I'm fine with the lineup.

(if you'll excuse me I am off to continue beating my dead horse)

MLB.tv is complete crap today...

about to make fun of Khalil Greene batting clean-up, he singles in a run.

gives up a HR to Felipe Lopez...

Webb got shelled

4IP, 6H (2HR), 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP 77pitches 42 strikes

Will MLB extra innings be free this week on comcast?

Not surprisingly Cincinnati blacked out the Reds/Mets game in Nashville. They feel like they own the Nashville market (and do because of the draconian MLB TV rules) and since nobody cares about the Reds here no TV station will pick up their broadcasts. In retaliation the Reds black out our metro area.

A great number of Nashville baseball fans despise the Reds because of their heavyhandedness in this respect. It's opening day, break a leg Joey Votto or Jay Bruce!

Make it Jay Bruce, I have a lot invested in Joey Votto

Love me some Nashville. I was up there for the UFC fight last Wednesday/Thursday and had an absolute blast. Better than Memphis in almost every way.

-End o threadjack-

Go Cubs

underestimated Tony Clark...2 HR's today.

Or Rockies' pitchig is right on target.

One more and he's in Tuffy Rhodes class.

Zaun playing catcher for Baltimore looks like Old Man Winters, hopefully Shaggy and Scooby are on the prawl after the game. The could be some doin's a-transpirin'

Vinny from Brooklyn you're on.

Vinny-

Dis Sabathia sucks!!

How do you pay a guy....(fill in the rest)

Funny. Of course, that's not the first time someone from NYC has been paid a lot of money for poor performance.

Morgan with a 2RBI single for PIT, 2-2 Top 7

To quote Mr. Baseball:

"Actual Baseball is actually being played here."

Go Cubs!

Who filled out that lineup card for Houston? Dusty Baker?

Kaz Matsui and Ivan Rodriguez batting 1st and 2nd with their career .331 and .339 OBPs. To be fair, Kaz did break .350 last season. But Rodriguez hasn't even been close to his mediocre career OBP in the past two years.

Cubs looking good. My only critique is they had a chance to run with Soriano-and they hit and ran into a dp. They had a chance to run again with 2 out in the 7th with Theriot on and Soriano up-no go. Whats up Lou? Put the pressure on baby!

I'd say Reed Johnson will play tomorrow and forever...

soriano was 0 for 3 in SB this spring, so it didn't work out well for him early so far.

he did hit 11 xbase hits, though.

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  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 8 min 44 sec ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 52 min 50 sec ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?

    The E-Man 1 hour 23 min ago view
  • First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!

    billybucks 9 hours 53 min ago view
  • I. Hate. The. Mets.

    billybucks 10 hours 22 min ago view
  • OK Marlins -- take 'em down. Fernandez, at home, tomorrow for the Fish.

    Gotta say, though -- as much as I can't stand them, the Cardinals have had some very impressive late-inning wins against premier closers.

    billybucks 10 hours 22 min ago view
  • Very impressive that he hit a 3-2 curve ball. Such a dynamic ballplayer. If he ever learns the strike zone....

    billybucks 10 hours 28 min ago view
  • If Jason Hammel doesn't get a potato chip sponsorship deal, somebody messed up. Attaboy, Jason!

    billybucks 10 hours 31 min ago view
  • I am looking forward to AChap facing the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 10 hours 39 min ago view
  • Sure is fun to watch them score finally. To think they were no-hit until the 7th...

    The E-Man 10 hours 51 min ago view
  • Got to admit it - it was comforting seeing Rondon come out for the eighth after just taking a two run lead ... And put the hammer down with a 7 pitch inning. Good stuff

    Eric S 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • GRAND SLAM RUSSELL

    blown the hell open...7 run lead

    crunch 10 hours 58 min ago view
  • 11 hits off Wainwright tonight. Everything going right for the Cards right now. Motherfucking motherfuckers.

    The E-Man 11 hours 7 min ago view
  • it was more no-doubt than bryant's HR. it wont make any end-of-season highlight reels, but that one was booked to leave on contact.

    crunch 11 hours 16 min ago view