COMMENTS: Here we go, the majors' last home opener, with the badly bruised Dodgers coming off a horrid 2-4 roadtrip that is either an ominous portent for an awful season, or evidence that our early stumble will be quickly overcome as we work out the kinks. It has been draining as a Dodger fan, but today's game will help us determine whether it's nigh time to pull the panic switch or if we shouldn't be reading all that much into three unlucky one-run losses (despite the fact that the last two were choke jobs).
There's no secrets this year that we don't have a solid pitching corps, with a starting rotation that isn't going very deep into games (save Hiroki Kuroda, who went eight full on Friday vs. the Fish), and a relief pitching squad whose lack of reliability is in stark contrast to the performance of the relievers over the last couple of years. Couple that with the creaking bones of new additions Garret Anderson and the twin Ortiz terrors, and we can see the limited flexibility provided by our roster. Growing old is getting old.
I know I got incredibly lucky at the home opener last year, watching the Dodgers pound Randy Johnson and the Giants while Orlando Hudson cycled his way to Dodgers history. I'm hoping for another great Opening Day today, as well (come on by Field Level 44 if you want to say hi; I'll likely be wearing a Dodgers jersey). I know it will be crowded (as Opening Days always are), with a stadium filled with rabid, hopefully not too drunk fans; but I don't mind. I figure I'll either be surrounded (or spiralling).
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