Happy Easter everyone! Today’s game against the Padres should be an interesting one! Marquis will get the start and with the way Dempster and Lieber have been pitching lately, he best get the egg hunt out of the way early and get focused asap. Lou’s looking to make the remaining club roster/pitching decisions by tomorrow (finally) and Marquis has a huge opportunity today to make a statement and keep himself out of the bullpen/another city. I personally would like to see Lieber in the bullpen if that’s an option and round out the rotation with Marquis and Dempster…too bad one of the three isn’t a lefty…I’d gladly switch out for Hill.
Wood is going to get his chance to shine today as well. While I do believe Wood is going to break down in April no matter what and Marmol will end up being the guy we go to with Howry in the set up role…until then…I’ll be rooting for Wood to do well today. If he can prove me and any other doubter wrong, gain some momentum going into the season and continue to deliver scoreless innings including two or more strikeouts within those innings I will be first in line to apologize, say I’m wrong and thank him for getting it done when it counted. Lou believes in Wood and I believe in Lou (no matter how much I think he’s missing something when it comes to some recent decisions in leaving people off the roster come Opening Day ie: Pignatiello). And I surely haven’t won any World Series…so Lou wants to go with Wood? Let’s do it. But I can’t promise I won’t eventually write a posting with the title "I Told You So".
I hope we’re able to go with the same lineup as yesterday yet feature Theriot in the leadoff spot. I enjoy Spring games but much more so as we get closer to Opening Day and the lineups are more true to form.
The Oriole was back again this morning (see my posting titled ‘Over and Over and Over and Over and Over’). I know ‘Oriole’ shouldn’t be capitalized in this case really, but its more fun that way as we’ve officially begun calling the bird ‘Brian Roberts’ here. I must say, the more this trade lingers, the less I care about it. Spring is for tinkering not the regular season. The longer they wait to make the trade, the more regular season time it will take for Lou to get comfortable with his lineup 2-8. He’s already played with so many in the Spring and he wants to stick to one come the regular season as much as possible. I realize that Roberts would leadoff, no question leaving very little to move around for Lou if it happens. I just have a bad feeling about it taking so long to actually go through and how it may affect the beginning of the season.
I’ll be around here and there throughout the day today to chat during the game. Feel free to use the chat room anytime you’d like and hopefully I’ll catch a couple of you on there later this afternoon! ‘Til then…do your thing Marquis and Wood and Go Cubs Go!