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MLB opening weekend calls for excitement

MLB opening weekend left a lot to be excited about for the rest of the season. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Brain Markley
Staff Writer

Major League Baseball’s opening weekend was packed with home runs, game saving catches and even a perfect game bid. There are many storylines to pay attention to, whether it was watching San Diego Padres’ phenome Fernando Tatis Jr. crack his first major league base hit or seeing Bryce Harper make his Philadelphia Phillies debut in his flashy Phillie Phanatic cleats.

Starting in Philadelphia, the Phillies completed a three-game sweep against the Atlanta Braves. Harper was three for nine with two home runs, one of them being a 465-footer. Andrew McCutchen also homered twice in the series. The new look Phillies are off to a flying start and are baseball’s lone undefeated team.

Another team that is off to a good start is the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew took three of four from the St. Louis Cardinals. Last year’s National League MVP Christian Yelich almost made history, as he homered in each of the first four games. Yelich also hit a walk-off double in the series finale on Sunday. Paul Goldschmidt, the newest addition to the Cardinals, also had a big game in the series, hitting three home runs in game two of the series.

Opening Day provided us with one of the best pitcher duels possible in the New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom against Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer. Both went deep, and both racked up the strikeouts. However, deGrom came out on top as the Mets won the day.

The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox and their newly extended ace Chris Sale got off to a forgetful start, as Sale was tagged for seven runs in his debut against the Seattle Mariners. The Sox are off to a lackluster 1-3 start and it will not get any easier now that they have to visit the Oakland Athletics for a four-game series.

The injury ridden New York Yankees are also off to a slow start, losing two games to probably the worst team in the league, the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees had to put star power hitter Giancarlo Stanton on the injury list today, and he will join Aaron Hicks and Dellin Betances.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made history by hitting eight home runs on Opening Day and continue to look the favorites in the National League West. Staying in the west, the San Diego Padres debuted their prized possession in Fernando Tatis Jr. who singled twice in his debut. With the Machado signing and the number two prospect in baseball, the Padres are trending upwards.

Opening weekend provided everything a baseball fan wants: home runs, hits and top end pitching matchups. Baseball is back, and the 2019 season promises to be another exciting season.