Shame that the best game of the day gets spoiled for weather. We suppose we might as well pick a new game to spotlight for our devoted KCSD reader(s?). KCSD: a blog that cares about you!
Anyway, which to choose? Normally, we'd be all about pitching matchups like King Felix and Francisco Liriano dueling in Minnesota (which we somehow forgot to mention in our last GOTD post; we wholeheartedly apologize for the egregious oversight), but those teams don't figure to be any fun to watch. Same problem with Cubs-'Stros, Tigers-Jays, and Rockies-D'backs. Since the cream of the crop is off the board, we're going to say that you should tune into the Mets-Reds tilt on ESPN at 1:10 EST. Johan vs. Harang, y'all. Should be a good one.
Johan Santana (0-0, 0.00) vs. Aaron Harang (0-0, 0.00)
New York Mets Cincinnati Reds
SS Jose Reyes CF Willy Taveras
LF Daniel Murphy 2B Brandon Phillips
3B David Wright RF Jay Bruce
CF Carlos Beltran 1B Joey Votto
1B Carlos Delgado LF Chris Dickerson
RF Ryan Church 3B Edwin Encarnacion
2B Luis Castillo SS Alex Gonzalez
C Brian Schneider C Ramon Hernandez
P Johan Santana P Aaron Harang
We're picking the Mets in this one, because...well, because it's Johan. The guy's still one of the upper echelon pitchers in the NL, even if he's lost a step in his 30's. We do expect this to be closer than some might expect, though; the Reds' lineup can mash with the best of them, even if they do have Willy Taveras up top. And our goodness, the bottom of the Mets' lineup is awful. Their 1-5 can win games by themselves (except for Delgado; we're not sold on his resurrection last year), but when you're trotting out blurry vision-havin', head-poundin', sensitive-to-light Ryan Church, the offensive suck that are Luis Castillo (to be fair, it's hard to hit with that contract hanging around him), Brian Schneider, and a pitcher...you could be in trouble if some of the top bats go cold. The Reds look much more balanced, and we do like them to surprise during the season. Just...not today.
KCSD GOTD Record: 0-1. 0-2 if you count us picking a game that isn't even going to be played today as the GOTD.