Opening day is finally here! The season got underway last night with the Cardinals visiting a dump in Wrigley Field and the new look Cubs. Today, the other 28 teams kick off their season with the Blue Jays and Yankees kicking it off at 1:05. The big question surrounding the Yankees is when will Masahiro Tanaka’s arm fall off? My Red Sox open up the season in Philadelphia where they go up against future Sox Cole Hamels. The Red Sox will win the AL East and make another trip to the World Series.
Yesterday a block buster deal went down when the Padres acquired the best closer in the game, Craig Kimbrel, and after though Melvin Upton. In return, the Braves receive Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, two prospects, and the 41st overall pick in this years draft. The Braves are unloading and rebuilding for when their new stadium is built. Speaking of the Padres, they open up the season in Los Angeles which means a return trip for new Padre Matt Kemp. The Padres look to compete in the NL West and this opening series will be a good test.
Speaking of players going up against former teams, former Twins legend Torii Hunter returns to the twin cities where he rejoins with the Minnesota Twins who face the Detroit Tigers. Is Giancarlo Stanton ready to face the pressure after signing a record breaking contract. Stanton, coming off the facial injury will look to lead this young Marlins squad to the promise land. Sticking in the NL, can the Giants repeat this season behind the arm of Madison Bumgarner? Anything is possible, and Bruce Bochy is one of the best in the game.
Cannot finish this post without talking about the greatest starting rotation we may ever see. The Nationals picked up Max Scherzer who will make today’s start. That puts Jordan Zimmerman, and Stephen Strasburg on the back burner. Do not sleep on Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister as well. Also, does it not look like Bryce Harper took steroids over the off season? His head got HUGE! The Nats are the clear favorites to reach the World Series, and I wouldn’t be surprised, but do they have any experience? The Cards and Giants will be tough outs.
My World Series prediction: Red Sox over the Nationals