Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
2006-05-03 18:58
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Interesting lineup for the Rockies tonight, in the midst of a 20-day stretch with no days off and the day after travelling from Atlanta after a night game. Jamey Carroll, Eli Marrero, Choo Freeman, and Ryan Spilborghs all got starts. The strategy seems to be working so far against the overperforming Cincinnati Reds, as the Rockies are out to a 3-0 lead with Jeff Francis pitching thus far effectively. We'll see if the bullpen can rebound from the rare loss it took yesterday.

This Reds team is 19-8 and I can't see how they're doing it. Then again Detroit is 19-9. Aren't these first few months great? Colorado hasn't collected any of the bandwagon national attention those two teams have, but time will tell. They definitely have the most winnable division. Does anybody remember how the Orioles and Nationals started last year? I imagine when everything shakes out it will be the usual suspects in both leagues, except for the Mets (they're for real) and Oakland (who seem to have begun digging themselves out of their customary April hole earlier than usual). Then there's whomever wins the NL West, of course, which won't be San Diego but won't be a very good team in any event.

2006-05-03 20:04:00
1.   Voxter
Well, I think Cincinnatus laid down his weapons and walked away after a while. Wouldn't be shocked to see the Reds do something similar pretty soon.
2006-05-03 21:05:15
2.   Mark T.R. Donohue
They had a saying the time of Cincinnatus that I think holds just as true today:

"If Scott Hatteberg is your cleanup hitter, you are not a true playoff contender."

Except, you know, in Latin.

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