Random thoughts left over from Opening Day

Some random thoughts as I sit in the Chase Field press box early Saturday morning…

— Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum comments about his team wanting to make a statement in this opening game/series struck me as being a little strange.

Yeah, I get that the D-backs won the division last year and clinched it against the Giants and every win counts especially in this division. Still, last year the Giants won seven of the first nine games played between these two teams and the D-backs then won seven of the next nine.

I wouldn’t put too much stock into what happens in this series. There will be 159 games after at.

— It could be that the D-backs are in Lincecum’s head a little bit. Until the last few starts he had dominated the D-backs. They seem to have a really good approach against him though. I don’t know that he made a ton of mistakes yesterday, but the ones he did make the D-backs hammered.

Chris Young made a good point yesterday that the D-backs have the same core group of guys going up against Lincecum and they’ve now got 50-60 career at-bats against him.

Trevor Bauer had a nice debut Thursday night.

It was a cold Thursday night in Reno for their opener, but Barry Enright came through.

Archie Bradley (the No. 7 overall pick last year) had a very nice professional debut Thursday for South Bend.

— Here are some links to coverage from yesterday in case you missed anything…

It looked a lot like 2011 at the start of 2012.

Kirk Gibson’s decision to hit Chris Young second pays dividends.

Wade Miley was pleasantly surprised to be involved in big league opener.

There were plenty of festivities at Chase Field.

A preview of today’s game against the Giants.

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