RAYS at Baltimore
3:05; Oriole Park at Camden Yards
FSN Florida/Rays Radio; 1250 AM WHNZ
-The Rays trot out southpaw Scott Kazmir to face the Orioles today, and he hopes to break the curse of previous Rays opening day starters Wilson Alvarez, Steve Trachsel, Albie Lopez, Tanyon Sturtze, Joe Kennedy, Victor Zambrano, and, who can forget, Dewon Brazelton. Now, there are two ways you can go about looking at Kazmir.
- By his awful spring; A 9.24 ERA, even K:BB, and 4 home runs given up
- By his wonderful 2005, in which he pitched to a 3.74 ERA and set a Rays record with 174 strikeouts.
- Kevin Millar-13 AB, 1.117 OPS
- Brian Roberts-12 AB, 1.25 OPS
-The Orioles trot out their opening day pitcher, Rodrigo Lopez, and I cannot tell you how pathetic that sounds when speaking it. Anyways, Lopez goes out to the mound for the O's after a mediocre 2005 in which he went 15-12 with a 4.9 ERA. He gave up an awful 28 home runs while hitting 7 batters, and his K:BB wasn't even 2. And he's an opening day starter. He had a 2.4 ERA in 4 games, three starts, this spring, walking and striking out six. So not really a tall task for Rays hitters to conquer. Seeing as though Lopez has been in the AL East for a few years, some Rays have decent batting lines against him, including.....
- Carl Crawford-31 ABs, .901 OPS
- Aubrey Huff-30 ABs, .910 OPS
- Julio Lugo-21 ABs, .838 OPS
- Jorge Cantu-9 ABs, 1.389 OPS
The Bottom Line
-The Bottom Line is...opening day is finally here! After six months of construction featuring new players, new management, a new manager, and a new set of Tropicana Field renovations, the season finally kicks off today, and we get to see how our Rays will do in a game that matters. Man, it seems like I have been waiting forever for this. Anyways, I'm disappointed that I may miss some of the game due to the 3:05 start, but I will catch whatever I missed on a replay. Maybe the Rays can finally win an opening day game at Camden Yards, last time they were here on opening day seven years back, they lost. But hey, we've won five of the last six opening days, let's make it seven for eight, and enjoy our brief moments in first place in the season's opening week.
Wednesday-at Baltimore (McClung)
Thursday-at Baltimore (Hendrickson)
0 Days to Opening Day!!!!!!!!!!!
7 Days to the Home Opener