I'm posting today's game thread early because later this morning, I'm heading up to Miller Park for the game, my first game of the regular season.
And, hopefully, to witness the first Cub sweep in Milwaukee since September 2003, and their first sweep of any kind since they swept the Astros in Houston last August 14, 15 and 16 (don't believe me? Click on the links!). In fact, bad as last year's team was, they swept three series, two of them against the Cardinals.
May there be many such sweeps in 2007, starting today.
|Today's Starting Pitchers
Miller makes his season debut, having had a consistent and strong spring. He didn't just win the fifth-starter slot by default; he actually pitched well, particularly when I saw him throw in Scottsdale on March 24 vs. the Giants.
Those of you who have Extra Innings should be able to pick up today's telecast (it'll be the Brewers feed via FSN North), or there's the Mediacenter, or MLB.com Gameday. And, if you have a last-minute thought of going to the game, as of posting time tickets were still available via this link. Incidentally, if you were thinking you can't get a ticket for the home opener, there appear to be some scattered single seats available.
Fun stat from cubs.com, about Rich Hill's stellar outing on Friday:
Finally, the Cubs will miss Roy Oswalt in the upcoming home-opening series vs. the Astros. Pitching matchups: Monday, Ted Lilly vs. Woody Williams; Tuesday: Jason Marquis vs. Chris Sampson (although, last year's team was dominated by Sampson; Wednesday: Rich Hill vs. Wandy Rodriguez.
Discuss amongst yourselves.