I find it mildly hilarious that Jake Westbrook, perhaps the player I pilloried most during our first year of existence, is the first opening day starter I get to talk about. He makes his faminey return to the mound after missing almost all of the last TWO seasons and pocketing $22M for it. And thus the Indians enter once more into the breach, doing so without a whole lot of fan enthusiasm and veering dangerously close to the aura of the old Cleveland Stadium/Major League days.
This White Sox team is intriguing. I picked them to finish third, but don't be too surprised if Buerhle/Peavy/Danks/Floyd carries them higher than that. We've been known to be wrong around here before. Also, you know, Ozzie and stuff. That's always interesting. On Dasher, on Dancer, on AL Central and the gaping hole left by Lance Broadway!
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||Juan Pierre, LF|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||Gordon Beckham, 2B|
|Shin Soo Choo, RF||Carlos Quentin, RF|
|Travis Hafner, DH||Paul Konerko, 1B|
|Jhonny Peralta, 3B||Mark Kotsay, DH|
|Matt LaPorta, 1B||Alex Rios, CF|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||A.J. Pierzynski, C|
|Lou Marson, C||Mark Teahen, 3B|
|Michael Brantley, LF||Alexei Ramirez, SS|