Sunday, April 08, 2007

Duke needs to play stopper

Looks like the weather in Cincy today will be just like it was yesterday, cold with some flurries. That also means there will be baseball today, so Zach Duke and Eric Milton better warm up. This is actually kind of an important game for the Buccos even though it's very early in the season. A sweep in Cincinnati would be as disappointing as the sweep in Houston was encouraging. If the Bucs don't score runs this afternoon, against Milton in the cold on a day when he was just activated from the DL, I don't know when they're going to score runs. It will also be interesting to see what kind of outing Duke has when the defense is much less likely to be as good as it was in his first start on a warm spring night in Houston.

I know lots of comments aren't likely on Easter Sunday, but the gamethread goes up nonetheless. And happy Easter to everyone out there that's celebrating it.

UPDATE: Check out this lineup: Sanchez, Wilson, Bay, LaRoche, Paulino, Nady (CF!), Eldred (RF), Bautista, Duke. I won't comment on the insanity of batting the only guy on the team that's hit at all this year eighth or keeping Paulino fifth or playing the guy that volleyed a flyball into a homer in center today but... oops, I just did. But seriously, nice to see Eldred get a shot against a lefty. I don't know if this is going to be a common lefty lineup or if this is just the "Eric Milton" lineup.