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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    Eric S 9 hours 7 min ago view
  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 12 hours 27 min ago view
  • Interesting choices when guys get healthy.

    LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.

    Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

    billybucks 13 hours 41 min ago view
  • I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

    billybucks 14 hours 52 min ago view
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 15 hours 30 min ago view
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 17 hours 11 min ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 17 hours 12 min ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 17 hours 19 min ago view
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 17 hours 35 min ago view
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 17 hours 43 min ago view
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 18 hours 2 min ago view
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY: Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.

    Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues, so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.  

    Other Cubs represented by Boras include Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Albert Almora Jr. 

    Arizona Phil 18 hours 25 min ago view
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 20 hours 48 min ago view