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Astros pick Brett Myers over Wandy Rodriguez as Opening Day starter

Mar 18, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

Brett Myers

Today the Astros announced that Brett Myers, not Wandy Rodriguez, will start on Opening Day against Roy Halladay and the Phillies.

Myers is coming off a career-year that saw him post a 3.14 ERA and 180/66 K/BB ratio in 224 innings to earn a two-year, $23 million contract extension, but Rodriguez was also plenty effective with a 3.60 ERA and 178/68 K/BB ratio in 195 innings last year.

Rodriguez is also by far the longest-tenured member of the Astros’ rotation, starting at least 20 games every year since 2005, and was the Game 2 starter behind Opening Day ace Roy Oswalt both last season and in 2009 (when he had a 3.02 ERA and 193 strikeouts in 206 innings).

Of course, Rodriguez is currently dealing with mild tendinitis in his shoulder and ultimately everyone in the rotation is going to start 32-34 times if they stay healthy regardless of who gets the Opening Day nod. No big deal either way, but a somewhat interesting call nonetheless.

  1. kcq101 - Mar 18, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    You can PUNCH this game in the ‘win column’ for the Phightins’.

    I’m kidding. Brett had a great year(relative) down in Houston. He deserves the Start. But between his public display of wife-beating in Boston and his “I fell off my truck../..No, wait…I was playing catch with my son…Okay, you got me. I was drinking Bud-heavy (wearing j-orts and a cut-off T) and got into a bar-fight,” incident, I can’t root for the guy. I hope the Phils light him up, injuries or no-injuries.

    Myers had two great moments: 2008 – 1. His epic post-season 2-out/10-pitch walk vs. CC, giving Victorino the go-ahead Grand Slam. 2. His 3 hit game, thereafter, against the Dodgers.

    Despite these fond memories, I can’t stand the his stories, smugness, compensating facial hair, and overall d-baggery.

    He does seem to “step-up to the plate” when it comes to big moments. And, I’m sure he is relishing the whole notion of opening up vs. Doc and the old home team. I hope the Phils can put him in his place.

  2. macjacmccoy - Mar 18, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    I dont know how this guy does it. For some reason he always gets the opening day start over better pitchers. He got the start in 07 ahead of Freddy Garcia and in 08 and 09 in front of Cole Hamels and now hes pitching before Wandy Rodriguez. Dont get me wrong Ive always liked Brett Myers even after he beat up his wife on a street corner in the middle of a city. But I just dont get how managers keep giving him the chance to get the opening day win. He’s never really be capable of doing it.

  3. cooptroop08 - Mar 19, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    he definitely deserved to get the opening day start over Freddy Garcia. I agree with you he should have never gotten the start over Cole in ’08 and’09. those 2 playoff memories about him are great, especially the 10 pitch at bat. I also enjoyed watching him close for us in 07. our bullpen sucked so bad, but he did a great job. other than that I’m happy he’s gone, I didn’t appreciate his attitude, especially his disrespect to Charlie.

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