The Opening Days of MLB

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Connor Walsh, Assistant Sports Editor

     The Major League Baseball season is now underway, and this season is expected to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.  Opening day lived up to the hype that had been building all offseason, as some of the best teams around the league displayed what this season is going to bring.

     One of the most anticipated games for many baseball fans was the opener of the Chicago Cubs.  The Cubs surprised many last year, winning 97 games and making it to the NLCS before falling to the Mets.  The Cubs made huge offseason moves, signing Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist to big deals.  

     The team has been picked by many to end the Cub’ World Series drought, which goes back to 1908.  The team did not disappoint in its much anticipated first game, as they defeated the Angels 9-0.  Reigning Cy Young award winner, Jake Arrieta, threw seven scoreless innings, and the offense was everything  that it was hoped to be, displaying both speed and power.

     One of the biggest free agent signings this offseason was the Boston Red Sox signing ace David Price, as they are hoping to set the tone early in the season.  The Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-2.  Price was everything that the Red Sox were hoping he would be, as he went six innings and gave up two runs, while striking out ten batters.  Price was one of the aces that pitched as the team expected, but for some, their outings went much differently than they wanted.

     Another closely watched game by many was the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were taking on the St. Louis Cardinals.  Both teams are considered to be serious contenders in the NL Central, in addition to the Cubs.  The Cardinals bats did not make the trip with them from spring training, as they struck out 14 times, falling to Pittsburgh 4-1.  Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright struggled with his control, and the Pirates took full advantage of it.  

     This year’s opening day was just as exciting as fans had hoped it would be.  It has given some fan bases hope that their team will be a contender this year, and it has gotten others to hit the panic button very early.  Only time will tell if their fears and hopes will come true.