We can all breathe a sigh of relief because baseball is back.
Braun left the home opener with an apparent ribcage strain in the fifth inning. Is this a real injury or did the Brewers just feel like resting Braun after being down by 10? Who knows, but if it is real Braun does have a decorated injury history so this could potentially result in DL stint. Hopefully not, and if Braun takes a day off owners shouldn’t freak out.
Arenado is our top ‘Bigfoot’ of the year. Basically our top breakout. So far so good with Arenado going 3-4 with a home run and four RBI. These are the type of numbers people can expect for the rest of the season, and do not be surprised when he finishes the season as the top third basemen.
Travis had a great spring that resulted in him winning the starting second base job for the Blue Jays. It looks like they made the right call after Travis hit a home run and scored twice. Travis also showed nice discipline walking twice. Travis did bat ninth so his RBI opportunities could be limited, but he will score runs if he can consistently get on base like he did in his debut.
I didn’t really have Lind on my radar until he went 3-4 on Opening Day. Lind only played 96 games in 2014 after breaking his foot, but still hit .321 with six home runs and 40 RBI. Lind batted fifth on Monday, and could be in line for plenty of RBI opportunities behind a solid Brewers lineup.
Thankfully I tuned in just in time to see Castro’s two innings against the Yankees. This guy should be on everyone’s watch list starting now. He consistently hit over 95 MPH, and has a big slider. If Bret Cecil struggles at all this could be the guy that gets save opportunities. Oh he’s only 20-years-old too.
Jason Grilli & Jeurys Familia
Both of these guys appear to be the closer for their respective teams. Following the Craig Kimbrel trade, Grilli struck out two batters to get the save on opening day.
Familia is the projected closer for however long Jenrry Mejia could be out for. Mejia is undergoing an MRI on Tuesday so hopefully we’ll get a better idea on how long Familia could be closing for.
Max Scherzer, David Price, and Felix Hernandez all did what we expect from them.
Mookie Betts is going to be a stud leading off for the Red Sox. He had two hits, hit a home run, and scored twice. A 15-20 year is basically guaranteed.
Travis Snider is a big post-hype sleeper, and went 3-4 with two RBI on Opening Day. Hitting fifth in the order this could finally be the year.
Mashairo Tanaka is probably going to end up on the DL at some point, and could eventually have Tommy John surgery. Hopefully you didn’t invest anything in him.
Matt Kemp drove in three runs, he’s back people. The home runs may be in the mid to low twenties, but he’ll hit for average, and drive in runs.
Derek Norris has a very strong beard game, but also bat second in the lineup that resulted in two hits and one run. If this sticks Norris has a nice shot at value for those that didn’t waste a high draft pick on a catcher.
Sonny Gray very nearly pitched a no-hitter against the Rangers after allowing only one run in eight innings. The three strikeouts were a little disappointing, but he has 253 k’s in 291 innings so he’ll rack them up eventually.
Ryan Rua broke up Gray’s no-hit bid after earning the starting left field job for the Rangers. Rua is only a rookie, but has a 32 home run season under his belt, so there is some potential there.
Potential waiver wire targets:
C: Derek Norris, Alex Avila
1B: Adam Lind
2B: Devon Travis, DJ LeMahieu
3B: Mike Moustakas
SS: Brad Miller
OF: Alex Rios, Travis Snider, Seth Smith
SP: Any unowned Oakland A’s starter: Jesse Hahn, Drew Pomeranz, Kendall Graveman
RP: Miguel Castro, Jason Grilli, Jeurys Familia