Opening Day Lineups

TORONTO AT TEXAS
at 2:05 p.m. ET
Rangers Ballpark

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgBLUE JAYS (0-0, 0.5 GB)
1. Jose Bautista, RF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, DH
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. John Buck, C
7. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
8. Alex Gonzalez, SS
9. Travis Snider, LF

Pitching: Shaun Marcum (0-0, -.–)


Rangers.jpgRANGERS (0-0, — GB)
1. Julio Borbon, CF
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Josh Hamilton, LF
4. Vlad Guerrero, DH
5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Chris Davis, 1B
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Andres Blanco, 2B
9. Elvis Andrus, SS

Pitching: Scott Feldman (0-0, -.–)

~JB

14 Comments

I like that Cito’s putting Snider in the 9th spot. It’s an underrated hitting position, in my opinion. It’s right at the top of the order, when you think about it. With the way Bautista’s swung the bat this spring, if Snider can get on base, there’s a good chance that Bautista/Hill/Lind will drive him in.
Once Kinsler comes back, the heart of the Rangers lineup is going to scare the piss out of a lot of teams.
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Finally! Opening day has arrived!

Agreed Rick…It’s an unpopular opinion but I think having him down there doesn’t make as big a difference as people believe. The 9th hitter is traditionally where you hide your weakest hitter – I don’t this is the case. I think Cito is just keeping him out of the mainstream limelight until he can get rolling. I want him to be our 3/4/5 hitter someday too – but we all gotta start somewhere. GO JAYS!

My Prediction, Jays 6-4 Winners! Marcum goes 7 strong, with Frasor having a shaky 9th and almost blowing it.

Can’t wait for this. I think Overbay is going to have a better season than people expect, then we can get some decent value for him when he leaves. For everyone’s sake I hope Vernon has a great year, it’s painful to watch him struggle the way he has for the last couple years.

The thing about batting Snider 9th is, he will generally have fewer at bats than anyone in the lineup which is not necessarily the best spot for someone we all want to break out. That being said, its up to Snider to show he belongs higher n the lineup as well, and I’m sure he will demonstrate that sooner than later.

Although there’s no way we contend this year, I tend to agree the Jays are going to surprise, if they stay healthy, but we all have to have patience, since all these young kids will have ups and downs.

Looks like the entire media world are in a feeding frenzy waiting for Tiger Woods press conference, and I’m sure they’ll fight to have the most sensational heading on their blog, radio or tv broadcast and it will dominate the evening news cycle.
It really is unfortunate, most of the MSN react in such a fashion, it’s becoming very obvious most feel the internet attack on their ratings. If they keep up the sensationalizing of the news events, they will become irrelevant sooner than expected.

dt005-Pretty close prediction, only Texas wins and Frasor blew it.

Man, don’t know how long im going to be able to handle watching Frasor come out in the ninth. He has never been able to handle the closers job I dont understand why they keep trying him there. He is great in when the game isn’t on the line, but when it comes down to it he always chokes. Ive been watching the same thing with him the past 3 or 4 years. Let Downs, and Janssen handle the 8th and 9th and this team will be much better off. If I was manager next time a save situation came up it would be Janssen, I think he earned a shot to get some late innings with his work in spring training.

Positives from this game: Marcum pitched a beauty. VW did his job in the 4 spot, and Lind continued to mash.

Negatives: Frasor blew it! EE makes ANOTHER error.

All and all, a fun opening day game to watch, just wish it turned out better for the good guys.

Personally, I don’t think EE should have an error charged against him, it should have been an infield hit because the ball took a strange hop, and Overbay couldn’t handle it

The play was definitely sloppy on both ends, but it appeared EE rushed his throw….which wasn’t necessary, causing the bad bounce.
BTW, love Overbay’s new look lol.

Gotta love this debut. Today, in Atlanta’s opening day game, 20 year old Jason Heyward, Atlanta hyped phenom, looked at two Carlos Zambrano fastballs and then in his very first swing in the majors drilled the next one about 420 feet for a three-run homer.

Welcome to the show Jason.

I agree EE may have been hard done by with the error call although he did bobble the ball which maybe led to a rushed throw.
More worrying and predictable was his 0-4 showing.
Also late in the game Cito ignores guys on the bench who have had good springs ( Ruiz , McCoy) and lets the bottom of the order guys see out the game.
Pinch hitting(or running) to increase chances of success is not a bad thing , Cito!!.

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