Lastly, we witnessed full day of significant baseball. The overwhelming majority of Main League Baseball groups (the Yankees and Nationals had been off after Thursday’s opener) all performed an everyday season sport Friday for the primary time since Sept. 29, 2019. It felt so good to look at one of the best gamers on the planet ply their commerce. It had been manner too lengthy.
Now, this model of Opening Day overreactions is certainly going to be some tongue-in-cheek enjoyable, simply as I’ve had enjoyable the previous couple of years doing so. The overreactions to 1 sport in a 60-game season nonetheless exist, however they don’t seem to be almost as foolish as going nuts about one sport in a 162-game marathon. One sport now counts almost thrice as a lot because it usually does. Although, it have to be famous, a few of that is mitigated with 16 out of 30 groups making the playoffs. So, yeah, we nonetheless should not overreact. Let’s run by means of some doable overreactions and talk about their validity.
Yo is again! Diaz is fastened…?!
The Mets gained, 1-0, in opposition to the Braves behind stellar Jacob deGrom work and the bullpen maintaining with the zeroes. The lone run got here courtesy of a solo Yoenis Cespedes shot (full story right here). Edwin Diaz locked down the ninth, issuing a stroll to Freddie Freeman — and being cautious with him and a one-run lead isn’t a nasty resolution — and nothing else.
So, yeah, Mets followers, go nuts. Diaz is fastened together with his newfound confidence and Cespedes is again, giving the Mets a ridiculously deadly energy combo with Pete Alonso and Cespedes. Get excited!
The fact right here is that each of those overreactions may truly show to be true. Diaz was an absolute beast earlier than being traded to the Mets and falling aside final season. At 26 years previous, it is not like he hit a wall as a consequence of age. He simply blew some video games after which it snowballed right into a misplaced season. It occurs to one of the best of ’em. The outing on Friday will doubtless give him confidence that he simply wanted to show the calendar to 2020. I would wager on him being again. The issue is we will not be definitive about it. We have to see greater than a four-hitter outing to make sure.
Related sentiment goes for Cespedes. He solely performed 81 video games in 2017 and 38 video games in 2018 earlier than lacking all of 2019. He hadn’t performed in a significant sport in additional than two years. The house run was very thrilling and he appeared the half, however he is additionally 34 years previous and has been out of shape for fairly a while.
Cautious optimism is okay. Previous that it is a main overreaction.
Yelich is damaged
Former MVP Christian Yelich, who may have gained it final 12 months to go back-to-back earlier than a fractured kneecap sidelined him, struggled mightily in his summer season camp video games. It was well-documented all through. Stories various as to what the precise numbers had been, however it was one thing like Four for 34 with 16 strikeouts. That was the commonest tally I discovered.
Friday in opposition to the Cubs, he did not look good in any respect. He tapped out weakly to the pitcher in his first at-bat, then struck out twice earlier than harmlessly grounding out within the ninth with a runner on (it was a fielder’s selection, technically). He swung-and-missed 5 instances, together with twice with two strikes.
It is solely doable he is in for a down 12 months after one thing that might have confirmed to been a career-altering harm. The sensible cash, nonetheless, is that it is a famous person in the midst of his prime and that he’ll ultimately get issues figured again out. Even when he cannot return to MVP degree, he was All-Star degree earlier than that.
The Reds are the breakout many thought they’d be
The Reds have been a classy decide to win the NL Central they usually got here out of the gates extremely robust. They scored seven runs on 9 hits whereas permitting only one run (a solo homer) and three hits. Sonny Grey was glorious on the mound. They did not burn any of their top-flight back-end relievers. Mike Moustakas had fairly the Reds’ debut, going three for Four with a mammoth house run. Joey Votto had a pair of hits, together with a house run. Shogo Akiyama debuted with an RBI single in two at-bats. Nick Castellanos had an RBI double. It was a reasonably full efficiency with a lot of good indicators. They seemed to be as superior as many thought they’d be.
However they performed the Tigers. The primary inning for the Reds they scored with a stroll, single after which two straight hit batsmen earlier than Moustakas singled and Cameron Maybin summed up the 2020 Tigers.
The Reds could be nice. We won’t overreact and say beating down an atrocious crew proves something, although.
Uh oh, Phillies
Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola appeared like an elite-level pitcher for the primary 5 months of 2018. Since then, he is been extra good than nice and even generally nearer to mediocre. Friday, the Marlins obtained him for 4 runs in 5 1/three innings. He did strikeout seven in opposition to one stroll, however he obtained knocked round in a four-run sixth.
Meantime, the Phillies’ offense accounted for simply two runs on 5 hits. They had been principally dominated by Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara.
Has nothing modified? Are the Philies nonetheless nearer to simply mediocre as an alternative of being good? If that is the case, which means fourth place within the NL East … or worse? The Marlins simply dealt with them considerably simply.
I would say there may be some degree of concern right here, however let’s not go loopy. Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto did nothing on the plate and they’re secure bets to carry out on a constant foundation the remainder of the way in which. The pitching half is considerably a priority, however they do have Zack Wheeler added to final 12 months’s group. They’re higher than they performed.
Effectively have a look at that. The “Buffalo” Blue Jays have a lot of younger expertise and introduced in Hyun-Jin Ryu to function the employees ace. The Rays are a playoff crew regarded as the largest risk to the Yankees within the AL East. The Jays went in and punched Rays’ ace Charlie Morton within the mouth. A Cavan Biggio house run chased him with the next line: 4+ IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, Four Ok.
Meantime, the Rays’ offense solely collected 5 hits. Positive, they had been well timed sufficient to get 4 runs, however a few of that’s simply success. They went 5 for 33 and that is a .152 common. Frankly, the lineup does not look that spectacular on paper.
So have the Jays already handed the Rays?
Most likely not. Once more, this was just one sport. I do assume a takeaway from this sport, nonetheless, is that the Jays are going to be aggressive this season and really enjoyable to look at. Even when they miss the playoffs, a great basis is in place.
Lucas Giolito: one-year marvel
White Sox starter Lucas Giolito was the worst starter in baseball in 2018 by ERA amongst certified starters, with a wretched 6.13 ERA. Final 12 months, he made himself into an All-Star who completed sixth in Cy Younger voting. Now he is anticipated to entrance the rotation of an upstart contender on the South Aspect of Chicago.
Friday evening, Giolito was pounded for seven runs on six hits in three 2/three innings. He walked three. Baseball historical past is lined with pitchers who had been short-term flukes and simply by no means may stay again as much as that one nice season over the long run. Giolito seems ticketed for one-year marvel standing after Opening Day, proper?
I suppose it is doable. I do not assume it is doubtless. He was a expertise drafted within the first spherical out of highschool and a top-five prospect for a number of minor-league years. He put all of it collectively at age 24 final season and ran right into a stacked Twins offense on Friday. The sensible cash is he’ll be simply effective. With solely round 11 begins left, although, and one stinker within the books, do not rely on a Cy Younger. Talking of that award and Chicago …
Hendricks for Cy Younger!
Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs threw the second Opening Day shutout since 2003 and fifth since 1993 (full story right here). He was exceptional in each manner. He appeared each bit the Cy Younger contender he was in 2016, although he is since added a really efficient curveball.
Hey, with solely 11 begins remaining and having a shutout already underneath his belt, possibly this may not be an overreaction, however Hendricks hasn’t gotten a single Cy Younger vote since 2016.
The Tigers and Orioles are terrible
Yeah, that is not an overreaction. They each are. Laborious telling which was worse, however it actually does not matter. They will decide 1-2 once more in subsequent 12 months’s draft.