Here's what stood out for me from Opening Day action:
Is it possible for a pitcher to finish a season with an ERA over 7.00 and still win 15 games? Someone get the Elias Sports Bureau on the phone. Yankees Opening Day Starter Carl Pavano gave up four earned runs in 4.1 innings, and while he didn't get the win, I see more games like this in the team's future: Starter gets rocked, offense is too much, Mariano Rivera shuts the door.
If opening night was any indication, this season is going to baffle fantasy owners -- as of this posting, Tom Glavine has more hits than Albert Pujols. By the way, the Mets lefty tossed a gem, allowing one run in six innings for the win.
What did people do before Tivo/DVR? Think about it. On Monday night, Baltimore-area fans had the Orioles opener, the NCAA championship, Jack Bauer time, and The Hills finale (umm...did I say that out loud?).
During my draft last week, a fellow owner asked "Rollins or Ramirez?" when he was deciding between NL East shortstops. I answered, "Rollins." And he listened. Well, Jimmy Rollins went yard and doubled in the Phillies opener, but Hanley Ramirez had four hits, a pair of doubles and two stolen bases. A win-win situation I suppose.
Raise your hand if you made a joke this offseason about the Royals signing Gil Meche to a $55 million deal. I thought so (yes, my hand is raised). Meche allowed one earned run in 7.1 innings against the Red Sox for the win. Meanwhile, Curt Schilling gave up five earned runs in four innings. I told you it was going to be a wacky year.
Nice outing for Reds starter Aaron Harang. He didn't allow an earned run in seven innings against a formidable Cubs lineup.
Day to remember: Mariners 20-year-old phenom Felix Hernandez allowed three hits in eight shutout innings while striking out a career-high 12 against the Athletics. By the way, if you want to scare your friends, tell them this: Hernandez was born in 1986. 1986!
Runner up:Ben Sheets tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout for the Brewers as they beat the Dodgers, 7-1. As I've mentioned before, I have a friend who named his dog after Sheets (Sheetsy) because the Milwaukee hurler meant so much to his fantasy team. I'm not making this up. I swear.
Day to forget: Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in the Rockies' 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Runner up:Adam LaRoche went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in his Pittsburgh debut.
And for good measure: White Sox starting pitcher Jose Contreras allowed seven earned runs in one inning of work for an ERA of 63.00. If he gives up one run in eight innings in his next start, Contreras can bring it down to 8.00 -- which should be a reminder to us all, it's only one game.