MLB Opening Week Recap

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Written by Ryan Forbes

Let me tell you a story about Trevor Story, a rookie from Irving, Texas, who was selected 45th overall in the draft by the Rockies. On opening day, he got his major league debut against former ERA leader Zack Grienke and hit two homeruns in his first two professional at bats. He kept it rolling, setting an MLB record for the most homeruns in the first six games of the season, with seven homeruns. Story also became the first rookie to hit homeruns in his first four games.

I have a feeling Story’s story won’t end here, but that’s not the only story. This MLB season, ERAs are rising while batting averages dropping for some stars, proving that this season will be one to remember.

1908 was the last time the Cubs won a World Series, but the Cubs currently have the highest odds to win the World Series this year, with rising stars like Jake Arrieta, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Hector Rondon. Catcher/Left Fielder Kyle Schwarber is sidelined for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Some people have not gotten off to hot start, like pitchers Matt Harvey, Zack Grienke, and Adam Wainwright, who have had bad starts and have ERAs over 4.50. Some hitters have started off bad too like new Tigers outfielder Justin Upton, Reds veteran Joey Votto, and last year’s AL MVP candidate, Lorenzo Cain.

Arrieta has really started out hot with a 5-0 and a .84 ERA, and in the process, has raised questions about use of PEDs. Some players have definitely used PEDs; Dee Gordon of the Marlins and Chris Colabello of the Blue Jays both currently have an 80 game suspension for PED use.

Daniel Murphy a 13th round draft pick by the Mets in 2006 from Jacksonville, Florida, did something amazing last year in the playoffs and hasn’t stop there. After declining an offer from the Mets, he signed a three- year 37.5 million dollar contract with the Nationals. The move has paid off, with Murphy batting over .350 in May. Another National player worth talking about is outfielder Bryce Harper, who has over 10 homeruns and 25 RBIs. Rookie sensation Japanese National Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers, who as an under 2.00 ERA and hit a homerun in his first game.

It looks like Houston has a problem. The same team that won 86 games last year and made it to the ALDS, have started sub .500. Despite having star second baseman Jose Altuve and last year’s rookie sensation Carlos Correa, the team has struggled to find wins this year.

One veteran who is finding his stride again is Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo, who is batting over .300 and has over 20 RBIs. Trumbo made the All-Star game back in 2012 with the Angels. After three years of jumping from team to team, he landed in Baltimore this year, where he is dominating for the first time in his career.

This year many questions have already been raised. Did Gordon and Colabello really dope? Will Houston pick up their game? Will players like Story, Murphy, and Trumbo keep up their hot start? Will the Nationals and Cubs Battle it out for the National League champions. So many questions that can only be answered by the future, because this story is a going to be a long story.