Oh how sweet it is. Baseball games that actually count are back. Opening Day was today, and starting at 1:00 eastern, 28 teams began action for the 2015 season.
Here's who has impressed me this Opening Day. With three games still currently in progress or have yet to start, this is not a complete list. Even still, here it goes.
Colorado Rockies' bats
The Rockies were very impressive today, routing the Brewers 10-0. Most impressive was not Kyle Kendrick (who had a great outing nonetheless), but their offense, who started off with a bang, scoring all ten runs in the first four innings. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and three runs scored. Corey Dickerson proved that his 2014 All-Star season was not a fluke, going 2-for-5 with four RBI and a first inning home run. Finally, Nolan Arenado added in on the fun, going 3-for-4 on the day, with a homer of his own, along with four RBI and three runs scored. The Rockies offense, when healthy, can be fantastic and light up the scoreboard. They showed that today. With Kyle Kendrick being their Opening Day starter, it doesn't take a genius to see that their rotation isn't among the best, but their offense may be able to carry them, as it did today.
In today's Phillies-Red Sox tilt, all eyes were on the debut of left-hander Cole Hamels, who didn't look the best in what many thought would be an audition for him for Boston, who has been linked as a suitor for him throughout the offseason. The Red Sox were thought to have come into the 2015 season without a true ace, but Buchholz surely pitched like one today, even if it was against the lowly Phillies offense. He has shown flashes of excellence in the past and comes into this season with likely his last chance to prove consistence. He couldn't have had a better first outing, pitching seven innings, allowing three hits and no runs, striking out nine and walking just one. This was a great start to his season.
David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, and Alex Avila
It would be hard to pick just one of the two; both played an important role in the Tigers' Opening Day win over the Twins. First is Price, who pitched for 26 of the 27 outs, or 8 2/3 innings, allowing no runs over five hits and striking out five. The Twins did not get their first hit until the fifth inning. Yoenis Cespedes played a big part in Price's gem, making a web gem of his own and robbing Kurt Suzuki of a home run in left field. Cespedes also helped offensively, tallying two hits, a double and a triple, while also scoring two runs. Alex Avila also was a huge offensive performer, going 2-for-3 and driving in two runs. Without those three, the Tigers would not have taken the 4-0 win from the Twins.