The Braves announced the other day that Bobby Cox has his ace John Smoltz penciled in for April 2nd’s Opening Day game in Philadelphia. Usually managers wait until the middle of March before assigning a starter for the big game, but I suppose there is some value in making the decision now to help plan the Spring Training rotation. There is no question Smoltz is a fearsome pitcher and we all know his feelings on pitching in Citizen’s Bank Park; fortunately however, John-boy has compiled a paltry 0-3 record and a 7.71 ERA in his previous three Opening Day starts.
As for Smoltz’s opposition? Charlie Manual said the answer to his Opening Day starter question will be come clearer over the next two weeks. We all suspect Brett Myers has finally earned the nod but a lot could happen over the next month. Speaking of which, the Phils play Florida State University today in an exhibition game before opening the Spring Training season tomorrow against the Tigers. Baseball is finally here…Go Phils!