It came, and now it is gone. MLB’s first games on Opening Day have been played starting Sunday night with the Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros in a Sunday Night Baseball edition on EPSN.
All other games were played Monday throughout the whole day. Fans, just like me, now have something to watch every night on TV for 162 games, and during the summer head out to the ballpark on any day we choose.
Hometown Royals played at Chicago White Sox and in new starting pitcher James Shields debut, he gave up 1 run over 6 innings getting in 102 pitches. However, the batting effort did not show.
No runs were scored, in a disapointing 7 hit-attack, all singles. Despite, at one point, having bases loaded with #3 hitter Billy Butler amd #4 hitter Mike Moustakas being retired. The Royals never really threatened past that point.
The Royals play again Wednesday at 1:10 at Chicago again with Ervin Santana earning the start. Dont expect the lineup to change either, because Ned Yost tends to stick with one until it proves over multiple games that it wont work.
Other games turned out well, too. The visiting Red Sox blew out the home Yankees 8-2, and the Washington Nationals scored both of their runs in their 2-0 victory off solo shots from the promising, young Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg hurled a shutout.
At this point, there are 161 games left so it is hard to tell, but with Detroit on the rise the Royals should probably be contending with them for the AL Central title, while if the Washington Nationals play to their potential they will be a blow away NL leader, probably with the newly stacked outfield in Atlanta proving to be a contender too.
This season will be very interesting. I am very excited to watch all games, and seeing the highlights every day. There will be busts, and surprises but just like every year, this is every baseball fans perfect time of the year. Let the games begin.