Milwaukee Brewers Open in San Francisco; Tim Lincecum Smiles

Tim SeemanAnalyst IApril 2, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 3:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Chicago Cubs during a Major League Baseball game on July 3, 2008 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

So this is how it starts?  

In, perhaps, one of the worst cities to open a baseball season (nothing against San Francisco; I know it's a great town, but when it's cold and windy in July, it has to be even worse in April), the Milwaukee Brewers will start their defense of their Wild Card crown.

First question: Can we really claim a crown with our wild card berth?  Or a pennant to display in Miller Park, for that matter?

Second question: How many Brewers hitters will Tim Lincecum strike out?  I have the over-under in the poll set at 11.5.  Please vote.

Seriously. Is there a better way for Lincecum, the National League Cy Young winner and strikeout leader, to begin his 2009 season?  

Just a quick refresher course about the Milwaukee offense: Every Brewer likes to swing the bat, and that makes every Brewer susceptible to the strikeout.

Just don't be surprised on opening day when Karl Ravech and Steve Phillips are raving about Lincecums' outstanding performance.  Or when Lincecum leads the league in strikeouts from wire to wire.  

Because it's gonna happen.  Along with the montage of strikeouts from the day's game.

But hey, at least Rickie Weeks will get on Baseball Tonight.