Opening Day! Edmonds to start

It’s Opening Day and the roof is open at Miller Park, an unprecedented event for the start of the Brewers’ 10th season in their retractable-domed home. 
Here we go with lineups:

ROCKIES
Carlos Gonzalez  CF

Seth Smith  LF
Todd Helton  1B
Troy Tulowitzki  SS
Brad Hawpe  RF
Chris Ianetta  C
Ian Stewart  3B
Clint Barmes  2B
Ubaldo Jimenez  RHP
BREWERS
Rickie Weeks  2B
Carlos Gomez  CF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Jim Edmonds  RF
Casey McGehee  3B
Gregg Zaun  C
Alcides Escobar  SS
Yovani Gallardo  RHP
Gallardo will be making his first career Opening Day start. He’s one of nine Major Leaguers starting their first season opener today, joining budding stars like Kansas City’s Zach Greinke and grizzled veterans like the Dodgers’ Vicente Padilla, a 31-year-old starting his first opener after playing 11 seasons, and 29-year-old Jon Garland of the Padres, who is getting his first Opening Day nod after 10 previous seasons. Here’s the list, courtesy of the Brewers:
FIRST OPENING DAY STARTS IN 2010:
PITCHER/CAREER RECORD
JON GARLAND  117-102
VICENTE PADILLA  98-85
ZACK GREINKE   50-53
SCOTT BAKER   43-33
JOSH JOHNSON  34-16
UBALDO JIMINEZ   31-28
SHAUN MARCUM   24-17
SCOTT FELDMAN  24-21
YOVANI GALLARDO  22-17
Gallardo’s 22 career wins are not the fewest for an Opening Day starter this year. Washington’s John Lannon has a career record of 20-30 but is starting the season opener for the second straight season. 
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3 Comments

He’s giving up an itdroinane amount of hits, largely due to bad luck and poor defense. I’m not so sure about that last part. I hate to be one of those Have you watched the game? guys, but he’s been hit pretty damn hard at times. In the wonderful 47 pitch inning last weekend against Pittsburgh, he gave up 5 consecutive extra base hits, and pretty much all of them were smoked. The line drives are probably a big reason for the high BABIP. I’m sure that’ll come down and that he’ll be fine eventually, but it’s not like their (obviously crappy) defense has been killing him.

The NL Central, as succinctly as I can Forget about the Astros and Pirates, they’re non-factors.The Cubs will do one of two tighns stumble out of the gate or implode in July. Pick one.Don’t look now, St. Louis, but you are just the Cubs in red uniforms.Milwaukee will be interesting until Prince Fielder is traded, then they will fold faster than Superman on laundry day. Reds win by default.

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