Wayne is in the Wrigley Field press box and will have updates throughout the rainy opener.
April 13, 2009, 4:28 PM
By: Wayne Drehs
Earlier today, with 22 as the number, I asked readers to take the over or under. Reader John Ligon took the bait:
Rich Harden starts? Over
Derrek Lee home runs? Wayyyyy under
Kevin Gregg saves? Under
Carlos Marmol saves? Over
Alfonso Soriano stolen bases? Under
Reed Johnson appearances on Top Plays? God willing if Lou puts him in over
Jake Peavy's jersey number after he joins the Cubs? Over
I agree with John on all points except for Derrek Lee. Maybe I'm just a sucker for good guys, but I'd like to think Lee can still get 25 home runs out of that bat. We shall see.
Fellow reader Jonathan Parise also e-mailed to mention how excited he is that Kosuke Fukudome, 0-for-1 with two walks today, appears to be back to his early 2008 form. Fukudome was hitting .409 entering today's game. "Hopefully Early Season Fukudome plans to stay in the city a bit longer this season," Parise wrote.
I couldn't agree more. And by the way, with Ryan Theriot's pop out to end the 5th inning the Cubs have now stranded 11 runners in the past four innings yet lead 2-0.