The 2016 MLB Opening Day was supposed to feature 4 games, but due to weather conditions in New York City, the game between the Yankees and the Houston Astros had to be postponed. Still, we got three great matchups which definitely didn’t disappoint.
In Pittsburgh, we got to see a game between two teams that have had the best records in the last two years the home Pirates and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. When you consider the fact that the Chicago Cubs are in the same division, it becomes obvious that every game counts. Well, this one went to the Pirates who prevailed 4 to 1.
The player of the game was undoubtedly Francisco Liriano who allowed only three hits in six shutout innings and struck out 10, tying the franchise record. David Freese, Francisco Cervelli and Gregory Polanco also had great games for the Pirates. For the Cardinals, Adam Wainwright was back from injuro for the first time since April last year and he gave up three runs.
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In Florida, the Tampa Bay Rays hosted the Toronto Blue Jays and it went well for last year’s AL East champs from up north who won 5-3. The game saw the first home run of the 2016 MLB season and it was Toronto’s Troy Tulowitzki who hit it in the very first inning. Edwin Encarnacion had a great game coming off injury, hitting twice and driving in two runs.
However, it was the Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman who decided the game who allowed three runs and six hits in eight plus innings. His good friend and Rays ace Chris Archer went only five innings after the first one where he didn’t really play as well as he can. Still, he did manage to set a club record for opening day strikeouts.
The biggest game of the Opening Day was the last year’s World Series matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets. The Kauffman Stadium was packed full and the home Royals gave their fans what they came for, beating the Mets 4-3.
And just like whole year last season, the Royals did it meticulously, from innumerable points of attack, simply wearing down their opponent and making sure the best play possible is always being executed, be that a stolen base by Alcides Escobar or Matt Harvey’s power pitches. In short, it was the entire team that won this game. And that’s a system that never gets old.
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