Ah yes, Opening Day. The day that Baseball fans have been clamoring for since 6 months. Overlook that two-game series in Japan a week ago, TODAY was the real start of the season. A time for optimism, a time for excitement, and a time for crushing reality, in some cases.
One of those teams who felt baseball’s unrelenting punch to the dick was the Baltimore Orioles. Who would’ve guessed a team coming off a 115 loss season with the same exact roster would get throttled by a 100 win team? I personally was blindsided by such news. Yes, it turns out that the Orioles are hysterically bad at baseball while the New York Yankees happen to be pretty good at the whole “hitting baseballs to Jupiter” thing. Both of the Yankees first baseman went deep, with Luke Voit’s first inning opening the scoring.
New season. Same Luke. pic.twitter.com/NlIMOlGY0k
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 28, 2019
The Orioles roster, with the exception of Trey Mancini and Chris Davis, lacks any semblance of a major league team, and the team stands a legit chance of breaking the 120 loss mark this year. The team looks HORRIBLE.
Another team that looked horrible was the Arizona Diamondbacks courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers came out looking to make everyone forget about their second straight World Series loss and boy did they not. Still, the team hit like crazy, to the tune of a 12-5 opening day W. The boys in blue clubbed Eight (!!!!) home runs, which included multi-homer days from Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 28, 2019
It was absolutely insane.
Another insane part of Opening Day was the matchup of last years NL Cy Young and his runner up: Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer.
Was a slugfest? No, you fool. The two were absolutely dealing. DeGrom finished with no earned runs, walking zero, and 10 strikeouts across 6 innings. Scherzer had himself a day as well, striking out 12, and allowing 2 earned across 7 and ⅔ innings pitched in a losing effort. One of the runs he gave up came off the bat of Robinson Cano, who homered in his first at-bat of the year and first at-bat in a Mets uniform.
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) March 28, 2019
Hats off to you, Brodie.
Two more men who were playing in their first games with their new teams were Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The two $300 dollar men got to start the next chapters of their careers in front of their home crowds. Both happen to go hitless, but both teams picked up the wins, which is all that really matters, right?
Another superstar who went hitless in his debut with a new team was Paul Goldschmidt. The all star first baseman went 0-3 in his debut with the Red Birds, but Kolten Wong picked up for his lack of productions, going 2-3 with two home runs. The game came down to the wire, as the Cardinals were losing 5-4 and down to their last out before Jose Martinez took a Josh Hader fastball to deep right centerfield. The ball probably would’ve been a game-tying home run…. If it weren’t for Lorenzo Cain.
Miller Park is goddamn electric pic.twitter.com/h1iqv3q6Mn
— Owen Doyon (@OD__13) March 28, 2019
Another matchup of a Cy Young winner and his runner up came in the Trop, as 2019 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell went head to head with the ageless Justin Verlander. And it didn’t turn out great for the lefty. Snell allowed three home runs to ‘Stros, one to George Springer, one to newly acquired Michael Brantley, and Jose Altuve. In all, Snell allowed 5 earned runs across 6 innings, while his counterpart in Verlander was top notch, going 7 innings and striking out 9 while only allowed a lone earned run.
Boy, there’s no chance any famous left hander had a worse opening day performance than Snell.
Nope. No chance.
In lesser news:
- Jordan Zimmerman and Marcus Stroman both went 6+ innings before allowing a hit, but the Tigers were able to top the Blue Jays by a final of 2-0.
- The Rangers were able to hold off the Cubs for 4 innings, but then Javy Baez woke up and hit 2 home runs and the offense rattled off 12 runs for a final score of 12-4.
- The first member of the $400 million club, Mike Trout went 1-3 in his season debut, but it wasn’t enough as the Athletics outslugged the Angels on the back of a Khris Davis home run to win by a final of 4-0.
- Trevor Story homered and Kyle Freeland did Kyle Freeland things as the Rockies topped the Marlins 6-3.
- Not much happened in Cincinnati except for the fact that MY Reds are 1-0 to start the year! #REDSIN19 BABY
- Jose Berrios went 7.2 shutout innings and struck out 10 in a terrific season debut as the Twins toppled the Indians 2-0.
- In the toilet bowl game of the day, the Royals beat the White Sox 5-3 as Eloy Jimenez went hitless in his big league debut.
Am I forgetting anything? Nope, definitely covered all my bases.
Anyways, only 4843 games left!! LET’S GO!
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