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  1. There is just not that much of a difference between Duke and Maholm…

    and the Dodgers are lining up their starters for opening day in THEIR stadium, not in pitsburgh. come on, i know its monday but… come on!

    Comment by Tom B — April 5, 2010 @ 10:15 am

  2. What makes Maholm a “proven 3 win pitcher”? The fact that he did that once? or the fact that the “fans” project him there?

    Comment by Tom B — April 5, 2010 @ 10:16 am

  3. Yeah, Duke and Maholm are pretty same-ish. Morton has a higher ceiling than either of them.

    Comment by Andy — April 5, 2010 @ 10:43 am

  4. Torre loves veterans.

    Kershaw probably isn’t experienced enough in his eyes yet to go opening day. And he probably doesn’t think that Billz can handle the pressure considering his 2nd half performance/collapse. And Torre doesn’t understand how to communicate with Kuroda. So Padilla was the unfortunate choice for him. He is such an overrated manager. He just got super lucky in NY with being given a great group of players.

    Comment by uugeth — April 5, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  5. It’s hard to determine what Pirate pitchers are better than the others. Usually one of them goes on to have an impressive breakout season, then just falls back into mediocrity and the other will pitch well. They can’t all pitch well the same year. This season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Oly and Duke regress while Maholm and Morton have stellar seasons.

    Comment by Pat — April 5, 2010 @ 11:12 am

  6. Torre lines his rotation up for home openers, not opening day. this was publicly announced, by torre, like 3 days ago…

    Comment by Tom B — April 5, 2010 @ 11:23 am

  7. The opener will be the biggest crowd/most pressure of the Pirates season and they want to use a pitcher who has proven he can handle it. Duke pitched a shutout in last year’s home opener and also pitched well in a road Opening Day start a few years ago.

    Comment by Brian — April 5, 2010 @ 11:33 am

  8. Kind of like Derek Lowe getting the Opening Day ball for the Braves as their fourth best starter. Basically a “We’re sorry we tried to trade your albatross contract. We still like you,” decision.

    Comment by Bronnt — April 5, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

  9. But today is a good day to complain about it.

    Then again, folks are in Pittsburgh, watching baseball. On the list of things they have every right to complain about, this ranks pretty far down. I suspect, however, that at this point the mule is just resigned to being beaten.

    Comment by Joser — April 5, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  10. It would be funny if this game turned into a classic pitcher’s duel.

    Comment by gorillagogo — April 5, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  11. both gone after 5

    Duke threw okay, though. Seemed like Padilla left a lot of pitches up in the zone.

    Comment by Andy — April 5, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

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