1 Down, 161 To Go

Yesterday was opening day in the MLB and the local teams got off to a great start.  The Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals got 2-1 and 9-7 wins respectfully against their rivals.

The Orioles beat the reigning World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox all thanks to a huge pick up of free agent, Nelson Cruz. Cruz went 1-2 with a walk, and a home run.  His two runs were the difference maker in the opener. The home run in the seventh inning separated the Orioles from the Sox. Starting pitcher, Chris Tillman went a strong 5 innings, allowed 7 hits, 1 run, and 4 strikeouts.  Reliever Zach Britton, was an outstanding play in spring training and it paid off when he was awarded the win. Ryan Flaherty had an outstanding game at third base in replacing Manny Machado.  Adam Jones went 2-3 with two singles. This all around great play is what the Orioles need on a daily basis to come out on top of the AL East.

The Nationals made it interesting.  It took them 10 innings to beat their rivals the New York Mets. Anthony Rendon hit a bomb, three run home run during the top half of the inning.  The Nationals were at least very consistent.  Rendon was the only player with 2 hits. Everyone else had one hit. For a team to hit consecutive hits in the inning, they’ll be able to put runs on the board. And that’s exactly what the Nationals did.  With a pitching staff that’s arguably the most dominate in the MLB this season, Washington’s club will have to put up runs to balance that power.

Both teams are very good in different ways. I think the Orioles have a better offense, but the Nationals have a better pitching staff. Many Maryland baseball fans want to see a Baltimore vs. Washington World Series. With teams like they have, I can easily see that happening either this year, or in a matter of a couple years.