Brian Burres, LH (2007 - 6-8, 5.95/1.70) v. Jason Jennings, RH (0-1, 7.20/1.40)
Game time is 2:05 on MASN. This is the Rangers' home opener, and The Ballpark should be full. I don't remember what it's called now, and I don't care. That's always going to be The Ballpark to me. It's too closely associated with Camden Yards for me to call it something else.
You may remember the Rangers from August 22, 2007, an historic day in Major League Baseball History.
And that was just the first game of a double-header, if you recall.
Jennings is with his third team in as many years, as he's gone from Colorado to Houston via trade and now signed with Texas as a free agent. When he's on, he's a fine pitcher. He struggled in his first start as a member of the American League, losing at Seattle on April 2.
This is Burres' first start of the season. He did throw an inning of mop-up on Opening Day. Burres was useful before the All-Star break (4.27/1.55) but got torched once the league had a read on him afterward, putting up a 7.92 ERA and 1.89 WHIP. That is unforgivably bad. So excuse me if I don't get as excited about Burres as Jim Palmer tends to.
Since I'm on the Extra Innings package on cable, I'll probably have to put up with Josh Lewin and the Texas broadcast. On the plus side, I'll get to see some Dallas-area commercials. Actually, looks like the Texas broadcast is on KDFW down there, and not their FSN. So hooray for MASN, I think!
- Brian Roberts, 2B
- Nick Markakis, RF
- Kevin Millar, 1B
- Aubrey Huff, DH
Luke Scott, LF - .500/.579/.625
Ramon Hernandez, C
- Scott Moore, 3B
- Adam Jones, CF
- Luis Hernandez, SS
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Michael Young, SS
Josh Hamilton, CF - .292/.368/.554 with CIN last season
Milton Bradley, RF
- Hank Blalock, 3B
- Marlon Byrd, LF
- David Murphy, DH
- Gerald Laird, C
- Ben Broussard, 1B
- Burres was a big part of that 30-3 drubbing. A big, big part. Two-thirds of an inning pitched, eight earned. 108 ERA.
- In 225 career at-bats, Melvin Mora hits .298/.386/.440 against Texas. At The Ballpark (129 AB), he bats a powerless .279/.356/.388 with just one home run.
- Big-time super superstar Michael Young hits a robust .290/.337/.391 against the Orioles. That's not as big of a dropoff from his overall numbers as most seem to think.
- Handlebar moustached former Blue Jay Frank Catalanotto hits .286/.377/.402 against the O's. Frankie Cats is one of my favorite players.