The Big Shebang

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The Big Shebang: MLB Season 2019


By staff

Leave it to the Los Angeles Dodgers to start season 2019 with an explosive display of power on Opening Day. Of all the teams it wasn’t the Bronx Bombers or last year’s World Series champion Boston Red Sox, instead it was the Dodgers.

The 2018 National League pennant winners pummeled the Arizona Diamondback pitching staff for a 12-5 victory and a Major League record of eight homeruns on Opening Day and also tied a franchise record for homeruns for any day. The Dodger power burst on Thursday possibly set the tone for their mission this year to finally win a World Series after a 30-year drought.

Though the Dodgers were stifled on Friday, the next day saw the L.A. team open up all their guns for an 18-5 victory on Saturday against the same Arizona pitching staff. In the last few innings both teams decided to rest their pitching staff and pit catcher versus catcher on the pitching mound.

Baseball was never like this before.

Blame it on the statisticians who have prognostications for everything but catchers as pitchers. Just kidding of course, but it was a rare and weird sight to behold for those baseball fans still watching the end of the game. In the end Dodger catcher Russell Martin closed the night with a one-two-three ninth inning.



Across the continent Bryce Harper unloaded his first home run as a Philadelphia Phillie and sent the ball an electronically measured 465 feet into the bleachers and beyond. The mammoth blast helped the Phillies to an 8-6 win over the Atlanta Braves. It was also Harper’s first hit as a Phillie after signing a few weeks earlier for a then-record $330 million for 13 years.



Many expected the New York Yankees to run up a nine-game winning streak when the schedule was announced showing the team from the Bronx facing the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers in the opening two weeks of the season.

Well, Baltimore made sure that didn’t happen.

Last year’s cellar dwelling Orioles dealt the Yanks a 5-3 defeat at Yankee Stadium. The ghost of Babe Ruth must be wiggling in disgust. A few days earlier the Bronx Bombers handily defeated the Orioles 7-2 behind homeruns from Voit and Bird. No one expected the Orioles who won a mere 47 games last year to give resistance to the powerful Yankees.



Chicago’s Eloy Jimenez grabbed two hits against the Kansas City Royals in a losing cause on Saturday and is now hitting .286. Fernando Tatis has a .300 batting average with the San Diego Padres. The other wunderkind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was not included on the Toronto Blue Jays roster.

We will be keeping an eye on these three highly touted rookies and any other surprises who might emerge this season.