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Postby Ender » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:24 pm

Just curious which teams you think have the most interesting opening day matchups.

Call me a homer but I personally think this is an easy answer, Brewers @ Cubs. This is a matchup that was decided by the H2H record last year. If the Brewers don't choke away the game where Aramis hit a walkoff in the 9th the two teams tie and are playing a tie breaker for the division. On paper these two teams are extremely close to each other again this season. For the 2nd year in a row the Cubs get 3 home series and the Brewers just 2 so this first series is just huge. This is one matchup where I think this first 3 games may in the long run decide who wins the division.

Any other matchups out there that you think are just huge for BOTH teams compared to the typical ones(I mean Nats vs Braves? Big deal).
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby Another Blown Save » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:32 pm

I also like MIL @ CHC, but there's a good chance that game's gonna be rained out.

Webb vs Harang could be a good game.
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby Matthias » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:36 pm

Mil / CHC is the most interesting matchup.

I'd say #2 is Torii Hunter starting the new season, as an Angel, at the Metrodome.
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby BJSFAN123 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:37 pm

Mil / CHC is the only interesting matchup
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby bigh0rt » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:39 pm

Oswalt and Houston's new lineup at Petco vs Peavy could be fun.
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby Amazinz » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:41 pm

Well I actually thought the Nats home opener was pretty exciting because of the new ballpark. And then the game turned out to be excellent and ended with a great moment. Maybe it's just because I am an NL East fan but I thought it was a pretty big deal.

As for most interesting Opening Day games, I think most people are just going to favor their home team. Nothing is more exciting to me than the Mets and Marlins. Obviously not as exciting to everyone else but maybe somewhat just due to Santana's first NL game.

I do agree the Cubs and Brewers is a good match-up although I think it should have been saved a bit rather than using it as the opening series. I will be watching this one until the Mets game starts. I just can't bring myself to watch the ESPN broadcast. I've already had my fill of hearing about Yankees stadium.

And the Houston v. SD game due to the pitching match-up.
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby AussieDodger » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:46 pm

Amazinz wrote:As for most interesting Opening Day games, I think most people are just going to favor their home team.


Yeah Oakland having a day off is pretty exciting. :-D :-S :-D

I don't mind Reds vs Arizona. Two teams that are allegedly going to be big players this year in the NL.
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby walkoffblast » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:14 am

The Toronto-Yankees series could have an interesting dynamic to it.
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby moochman » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:28 am

Though I love the Cubs/Brewers match-up and it's implications for NL Central contention, I can hardly wait to see the vaunted Tigers line-up in action. I want to see Verlander take the next step in becoming the ace his stuff merits and see if any of the big bats can hit in the damp cold of a Detroit opener.

All the games have their work cut out for them to match the drama of the Sens/Braves game. Good looking stadium opens with a HOFer hitting it's first homer and the hometown hero mashing a walk-off homer. Way to christen a new yard.
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Re: Most interesting opening day

Postby RedSoxNation04 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:38 pm

Amazinz wrote:As for most interesting Opening Day games, I think most people are just going to favor their home team. Nothing is more exciting to me than the Mets and Marlins. Obviously not as exciting to everyone else but maybe somewhat just due to Santana's first NL game.


I think it gets a little more interesting when you add in the storyline that the Marlins beat the Mets on the last day of the season last year and officially put the nail in the coffin for the Met's '07 post-season chances. I think Hanley was quoted as saying something along the lines of "F*** the Mets" when he was asked about that final game.
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