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Here we go

Optimism may be dead, but it’s Opening Day and I can’t help but be a little excited.

As I commented over on Drew’s great post, the fact that optimism is dead is actually helping me with this season. When there are no expectations, it’s incredibly difficult to be disappointed. I guess in a weird way, Cito’s complete inability to run a team may have saved me from being an angry resentful Jays fan this year.

Case in point: The following is Toronto’s lineup that will face the Texas Rangers on Opening Day (via MLBastian)…

1. Jose Bautista, RF

2. Aaron Hill, 2B

3. Adam Lind, DH

4. Vernon Wells, CF

5. Lyle Overbay, 1B

6. John Buck, C

7. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B

8. Alex Gonzalez, SS

9. Travis Snider, LFPitching: Shaun Marcum (0-0, -.–)

There’s a lot there I could be upset about. But I’m not going to do it. I’m sure I’ll break down and get stupidly worked up about the manager’s moves (or lack thereof) before long, but right now I’m just going to bask in the glow of baseball happening for real again.

Go Jays.

A computer generated season prediction

The fine folks at Out of the Park Developments recently set me up with a preview copy of their 2010 baseball game. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to play around with it yet, but I did run a simulation of the upcoming season. I don’t like to put a lot of stock into these kind of things, but if you’re the sort of person who does, I’ve got good news for the Jays fans out there: The team’s simulated record of 57-105 is good enough for last place in MLB! Nothing like getting the first overall pick in the draft!

Other interesting stuff: The Cards won the World Series; neither the Red Sox or Yankees made the post season; Tampa won the AL East; and the Orioles claimed the wild card spot.

Conclusion: If you’re the type of person who puts a lot of stock into these kind of predictions, you might want to rethink your stance.

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High five! Baseball’s back!

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There’s slush falling from the sky here in Toronto, so you can be forgiven if you’re a little confused about the date. But make no mistake, baseball is back!

I suppose it was technically back yesterday when the Braves beat the Phillies, but the Jays open things up today and that’s all that’s really important.

I know a lot of Jays fans have already written the team off for the season. Competing in the AL East, facing the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays so many times — and having to finish ahead of at least two of those teams in the standings just to even consider a playoff spot — does seem daunting. But you shouldn’t forsake these guys just yet.

How many people expected anything good out of the ’07 Rockies or the ’06 Cardinals?

But, you’d say, those teams are from that wacky National League and in weak divisions at that, so surely the Jays can’t repeat their successes?

Fair enough, I’d respond, but don’t forget that one of the teams the Jays are now chasing was a complete sad sack that nothing was expected of until last season. The Rays came from nowhere to win the AL East and the AL pennant.

How’d Tampa do it? By playing a bunch of unproven kids. What are the Jays doing this year?

Exactly.

I’m not saying to expect a pennant, not this year anyway, I’m just saying that the kids deserve a bit of a chance before they’re written off completely.

Opening day lineup (as tweeted by MLBastian):

Scutaro, SS
Hill, 2B
Rios, RF
Wells, CF
Lind, DH
Rolen, 3B
Overbay, 1B
Barajas, C
Snider, LF

Halladay, SP

Further reading:

If you’re planning on attending the game tonight, the Drunks’ guide to the 2009 home opener is a must read.

The Tao makes nice comparisons between this year’s group of kids and those who began the dynasty back in ’84.

Ghostrunner on First pencils in an alternate opening day lineup that, even if I wouldn’t hit Snider cleanup just yet, I do think might be a little better than the official lineup.

The White Sox home opener tonight is postponed because of snow. The Red Sox opener is postponed because of rain. There’s always a day off after starting the season. Bart Given, former Jays’ assistant GM, explains scheduling oddities at his excellent blog, Inside The Majors.

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