The 2012 MLB season is starting like a dwarf-gathering at Bilbo Baggins' door. A couple of dwarfs show up in Japan and then another one in Miami, a few more on Thursday and a few more on Friday before all dwarfs are in the sitting room by Saturday. It's a heck of a tease and frankly, it is an unwelcome way to start a season. In this mind, Opening Day should be this nationwide party celebrated all over baseball on the same day and in the same way. And Opening Day should never include night games. And why would there be twelve teams playing on Thursday that do not play again until Saturday? Opening Day should be a grand event and we should all celebrate it together.
Okay, rant over. There is a game to pick. The St. Louis Cardinals play a one game series with the Miami Marlins who officially start their home season in their new ballpark. Why the Cardinals? And why one game? Who knows. It's not because the Cardinals are the World Series champs. This schedule was dreamed (spell check is saying that "dreamt" is not a word. Pshaw.) up long before the outcome of the Fall Classic (which is really the winter classic if you live in Maine).
Well, it was thought the rant was over. Perhaps now it is as there is still a game to pick. So come on then, pick it, William.
- The Marlins over the Cardinals: Opening Day is when each team puts out its Number One starter. The Marlins are going with Josh Johnson. Okay. That sounds fine. The Cardinals are going with Kyle Lohse. Kyle Lohse!? Well, yeah, Carpenter is a pain in the neck. What? Oh. He has a pain in the neck. Wainwright missed all of last season. So what he did before doesn't count. ?? Soooo...The Marlins open the Fish Tank with a win. Logan Morrison deposits a drive into the seats to set the Home Run Machine spinning and the world champs start 0-1.
Bob Netherton will be happy. He has the psychotic notion that picking against the Cardinals in this space is like some reverse luck thing. Actually, it's just another pick. Interpret as you see fit.