Opening Day Starters

We’re not going to concern ourselves with the Mets’ Opening Day starter, who we presume will be Johan Santana. Rather, let’s take a look at the two teams in the Baltimore / DC area.

There is a very good chance that the Orioles’ Opening Day starter will be Steve Trachsel. Ouch. According to the Baltimore Sun:

“Trembley will wait until tomorrow to name his Opening Day starter. He needed to consult today with pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Adam Dunn, who stayed back to watch Steve Trachsel throw a simulated game.

The decision comes down to Trachsel and Jeremy Guthrie … ”

BTW, Trachsel, who signed a minor league contract last month, has surrendered 10 earned runs and 19 hits in 13 innings. Did I mention the “ouch” ?

But it gets better, because just a few miles away, the Nats may be opening with Odalis Perez.

Makes one feel good to be a Mets fan right about now.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten March 23, 2008 at 7:04 am
    Ah, yes . . . Look at it this way. When he retires, Trax could probably find work with NASA, helping to launch satellites. “Throw that one like you would a four-seamer to McGwire . . . “
  2. joe March 23, 2008 at 8:57 am

    happy easter!