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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

A few random notes while waiting for 4:05 CDT...

The Angels have had a few memorable moments opening past seasons in Seattle. Most recently, they beat the Mariners 3-2 on opening day, 1991. On opening day '86, Bobby Grich homered on the first pitch of the game. On opening day '77, Frank Tanana threw a complete game shutout (followed by another complete game shutout by Nolan Ryan on the next night).

Tonight's lineup is a tribute to the virtues of constancy: Tim Salmon will make his 12th consecutive opening day start, a new Angels record; Garret Anderson makes his ninth straight; Troy Glaus will make his sixth straight, which ties him with Doug DeCinces for the Angels' third-base record. And, while Bengie Molina's streak will apparently end at five straight (well short of Buck Rodgers's eight straight from 1962-1968), Adam Kennedy and David Eckstein will become the first keystone combination to make three consecutive opening day starts since Bobby Knoop and Jim Fregosi, who made six straight between 1964 and 1969.

This will be Bartolo Colon's fourth opening day start, the most recent being the 6-0 hex he put on the Angels on opening day 2002. I lost $20 on that game while watching it from the sportsbook room in the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas (and then made it back again betting the under on the women's NCAA basketball championship, of all things). Colon has a 3.43 ERA in those three other starts, and a 4.19 lifetime ERA in April. He has a hard time with Ichiro (who doesn't?), who's 7 for 18 (.389) against him lifetime. Edgar Martinez also hits him well (12 for 32, .375), and Quentin McCracken - really! - seems to have his number too (7 for 12, .583). On the flip side, Colon is a mystery to Brett Boone (3 for 17, .176), Raul Ibanez (4 for 19, .211), and John Olerud (3 for 21, .143).

As far as Jamie Moyer is concerned, Garret Anderson (26 for 70, .371) and Troy Glaus (11 for 36, .306) seem to have had the most success against him, whereas Tim Salmon (17 for 79, .215), Darin Erstad (10 for 50, .200), and Adam Kennedy (3 for 16, .188) will all be hoping the 41-year-old has lost a little something.

Let the games begin!