04/08/09 7:10 PM EDT
|New York Mets||Cincinnati Reds|
|Jose Reyes - SS||Jerry Hairston Jr. - CF|
|Daniel Murphy - LF||Chris Dickerson - LF|
|David Wright - 3B||Joey Votto - 1B|
|Carlos Delgado - 1B||Brandon Phillips - 2B|
|Carlos Beltran - CF||Jay Bruce - RF|
|Ryan Church - RF||Edwin Encarnacion - 3B|
|Brian Schneider - C||Ramon Hernandez - C|
|Luis Castillo - 2B||Alex Gonzalez - SS|
|Mike Pelfrey - P||Edinson Volquez - P|
No Willy Taveras again tonight. Looks like we'll have to wait another day until HAVOC is in full effect.
Here's a question for you: Who do you trust more in CF, Chris Dickerson or Darnell McDonald? Despite Dickerson playing 75 games in CF last season (to McDonald's 4), Dusty Baker prefers Hairston in CF on days when Dickerson is in the lineup, but he had McDonald on Opening Day. It's not a big deal. I just wish I understood the logic of anything that Dusty did. I certainly don't today.
Besides the pitchers, Dickerson is the only change in either lineup from Opening Day. Hopefully this doesn't lead to similar results. Like I said in the game preview, I think the Reds will win this one tonight, in particular because I will be there. Also because they haven't started the season at 0-2 since 2003, and we're not ready to relive the magic of that year just yet.
I'll see those of you joining us at the game down at the stadium. The rest of you enjoy the game from the warmth of your home. Go Reds!