Phillies: Myers is starting Opening Night because left-hander Cole Hamels missed some time last month because of inflammation in his left elbow, but Myers has been here before. He has been the Phillies’ Opening Day starter each of the previous two seasons. He seems determined to make this a good one. He showed up to Spring Training 25 pounds lighter than he finished last season. He wants to make up for his first-half struggles last season, when the Phillies optioned him to the Minor Leagues.
Braves: Lowe will look to prolong his success at Citizens Bank Park and end the struggles he’s experienced during previous Opening Day starts. In the three season openers that he started for the Dodgers, the veteran sinkerballer went 0-3 with an 8.44 ERA.
His finest Opening Day outing came in 2005, when he allowed two runs in seven innings against the Giants. While starting the next two openers against the Braves and Brewers, he totaled nine innings, surrendered 17 hits and allowed 13 earned runs.
How it’s gonna go down: I would love to say this game is going to play out like game 1 of the NLCS last year but Myers is pitching, not Hamels. As you can see by the scouting report Derek Lowe has not had success in the past on Opening Day starts, but he has had some considerable success against our Phils. Bottom line is I predict the Phils win 5-3 with Lowe only giving up 2 runs, Myers giving up all 3 runs, and us touching up their bullpen a bit, thus breaking up our string of Opening Day losses.
Tonight’s lineup per Todd Zolecki: