4/5/09: Atlanta Braves vs. WFC
Well here comes Opening Day! Or Opening Night, but we're not arguing semantics. We're happy that it's gonna be on Sunday Night Baseball because, despite the presence of Joe Morgan, we enjoy ESPN production values. Anyway, this should be a great game. We think it's gonna be sinkerballin' Derek Lowe against wife-punchin' Brett Myers. And yes we do plan to mention the wife punching bit every time we mention Myers.
Atlanta Braves (0-0) Philadelphia Phillies (0-0)
2B Kelly Johnson SS Jimmy Rollins
SS Yunel Escobar CF Shane Victorino
3B Chipper Jones 2B Chase Utley
C Brian McCann 1B Ryan Howard
LF Garret Anderson LF Raul Ibanez
1B Casey Kotchman RF Jayson Werth
RF Jeff Francoeur 3B Pedro Feliz
CF Jordan Schafer C Carlos Ruiz
P Derek Lowe P Brett Myers
It looks like a very even matchup to us. We're gonna pick the WFC because it's their ring night, and as much as we love the Braves, we don't see them spoiling that for the Fightins. We do trust Derek Lowe more than wife-punchin' Brett Myers, but the Phils' lineup is potent and they'll have a brand new banner to aim at.
Player to Watch: wife-punchin' Brett Myers, whose performance this season will be crucial if Cole Hamels has to miss any significant time with his elbow issues. He's been very good in the past, and there's no reason to think he won't repeat it this season, but the pressure's on. Let's see how he brings it in Game 1.