The big news out of Arizona is that manager Bob Melvin is benching third baseman Mark Reynolds and outfielder Justin Upton against the southpaw Aaron Cook. Really, Bob? Playing the matchup game on Opening Day? What will Mama Upton and Mama Reynolds think about that when they babies be ridin' the pine during the biggest day of the springtime? For shame, Mister Melvin. There's a silver lining though: Eric Byrnes is getting the start in right field. He's all kinds of dumb!
Two Cy Young-caliber gentlemen will toe the rubber today, as one-time winner Brandon Webb faces the Rockies ace Cook. Not the team cook, that's a jolly old black man named Rufus who has a secret recipe for huevos rancheros that makes Brad Hawpe giddy with delight. Rox skip Clint Hurdle benched fellow Clint, Clint Barmes, in favor of youngster Ian Stewart. Let's see how that works out.
Anyway, on with the lineups:
|Ryan Spilborghs, CF||Felipe Lopez, 2B|
|Seth Smith, LF||Chris Young, CF|
|Todd Helton, 1B||Stephen Drew, SS|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||Chad Tracy, 3B|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||Eric Byrnes, RF|
|Ian Stewart, 2B||Tony Clark, 1B|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||Conor Jackson, LF|
|Chris Iannetta, C||Chris Snyder, C|
|Aaron Cook, P||Brandon Webb, P|
Both teams have catchers named Chris batting eighth. Both teams have third basemen batting cleanup. Both teams have bloggers who live in a different time zone that caused these lineups to be posted way too late for my liking. And really, this is the sort of game I would enjoy watching if I had that nifty MLB.tv service. Hint hint MLB marketing people hint hint give me free stuff.