Mookie Betts is a rock star and other Opening Day takeaways
Opening Day delivered and so do I…
- Mookie Betts is a rock star in Boston, and what’s better than an Opening Day home run to emphasize that? He wasn’t even on the Red Sox radar a year ago. At one point, reporters asked John Farrell, “Why not bring this kid Betts up? He’s tearing it up at Pawtucket.” Soon after, he was up. He had to outplay Rusney Castillo to win a spot on the Opening Day roster, and he did that.
- Clay Buchholz gave the Red Sox seven nice innings, and perhaps there’s no single piece of news that impacts a contender more than this one. If Clay Buchholz finally is the ace he has shown flashes of being when he’s healthy, the Red Sox are in a nice play.
- Did you check out the times of games? Eight of the 14 games were played in well under 3 hours, six of them in 2:36 or faster. The basic commonsense changes may end up having a huge impact. Either that, or it was all those aces pitching on Opening Day.
- Ben Zobrist played left field for the A’s, Eric Sogard moved back in at second and Sam Fuld played center. Sonny Gray pitched a great game, and the 2015 A’s start off on the right foot. This team may just hang with the Angels and Mariners all summer long. They’ve got 10 major league-ready starting pitchers, something no other team can say.
- Orioles GM Dan Duquette makes an under-the-radar move to get Travis Snider to replace Nick Markakis in the right field. Snider gets three hits to help the O’s start with a win at Tampa Bay. This Duquette guy is good at his job.
- Jimmy Rollins is not done.
- Mike Moustakas is important to the Royals, both in production and in continuing the momentum of 2014. He’s off to a good start and so are the Royals.
- David Price and Anibal Sanchez have to be great to keep the Tigers in the mix in the AL Central. Price started with a great performance.
- Did you see Joey Votto and David Wright were hitting second? Someone is studying their analytics.