X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

MLB

2014 Opening Day: 10 Bold Predictions

10 Bold Predictions for Opening Day 2014

Opening Day Ceremony
Getty Images

Opening Day has brought some unforgettable moments throughout the years. This future national holiday has memories of Jackie Robinson breaking color barriers, Hank Aaron tying Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record and Frank Robinson hitting a homer as a player-manager for the Cleveland Indians. There is no telling what the game will bring us next.

10. Hawk Harrelson Will Go Crazy

Whenever the Cleveland Indians are playing the Chicago White Sox I always make sure to tune into Comcast SportsNet Chicago to hear Hawk Harrelson lose it. Whether the Sox just went big-fly or Alexei Ramirez muffed another routine grounder off his ankle, Hawk leaves it all in the booth.

9. Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Will Be A Defensive Battle

Justin Verlander Pitching
Getty Images

9. Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Will Be A Defensive Battle

Justin Verlander Pitching

On a windy and frigid day in downtown Detroit, Justin Verlander and James Shields will be dealing. The first couple games of the year usually benefit the pitchers as it takes hitters a handful of at bats to get into a groove. Two or three runs is all it will take to win this game.

8. Chicago's Comerica Park Will See Bad Weather

Chicago White Sox rain delay
Getty Images

8. Chicago's Comerica Park Will See Bad Weather

Chicago White Sox rain delay
Getty Images

It seems almost like the standard in Chicago where rain disrupts a game at Comerica Park. The White Sox will have to deal with inclement weather on Mar. 31 when they host the Minnesota Twins as the forecast is calling for a 60 percent chance of rain.

7. R.A. Dickey Will Get Hit Hard Against the Rays

R.A. Dickey pulled
Getty Images

7. R.A. Dickey Will Get Hit Hard Against the Rays

R.A. Dickey pulled
Getty Images

Sometimes I hate when I am right. Heading into last season I called R.A. Dickey’s fall once joining an American League East team. It was sad to see the 39-year-old get rocked last year with an ERA of 4.21, allowing 35 home runs. Opening Day 2014 will be more of the same for the knuckler in Tampa Bay.

6. Jose Fernandez Will Strikeout 12 and Dominate The Colorado Rockies

Jose Fernandez Marlins
Getty Images

6. Jose Fernandez Will Strikeout 12 and Dominate The Colorado Rockies

Jose Fernandez Marlins
Getty Images

In 172.2 innings of work last season, Jose Fernandez totaled a 2.19 ERA, fanning 9.75 batters per nine innings. Fernandez is a killer on the bump and will improve his numbers in year two of his future star-studded career. The Rockies are in for a long night as Colorado finished 22nd last season in weighted runs created plus.

5. Ryan Braun Will Go Yard Against The Braves

Ryan Braun homerun
Getty Images

5. Ryan Braun Will Go Yard Against The Braves

Ryan Braun homerun
Getty Images

Whether Ryan Braun is on the juice, protein, human growth hormone or P90X, he can flat out hit. That swing is so smooth he should take up playing the saxophone. Braun will likely walk into a mixed applause at Miller Park when he digs in for the first time since July 31, 2013. Those boos from the mezzanine section will quickly turn into applause once Braun hits a bomb.

4. Houston Astros Will Beat the New York Yankees

Houston Astros' handshakes
Getty Images

4. Houston Astros Will Beat the New York Yankees

Houston Astros' handshakes
Getty Images

The Houston Astros will be undefeated come April 2. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered about C.C. Sabathia, who has recently lost a ton of weight. This spring Sabathia has continued to see a dip in his fastball to 88-90 mph. The Astros will sneak past the Bronx Bombers led by Jose Altuve and Robbie Grossman.

3. Miguel Cabrera Will Go Hitless Against James Shields and Royals' Bullpen

Miguel Cabrera
Getty Images

3. Miguel Cabrera Will Go Hitless Against James Shields and Royals' Bullpen

Miguel Cabrera
Getty Images

The American League’s two-time winner of the Most Valuable Player and best hitter on the planet will go hitless against the Kansas City Royals. Even though Cabrera has had Shields' number in the past (17 hits in 40 at bats), I believe Shields and that strong Royals' bullpen will shut the door on the Triple Crown winner.

2. Three Games WIll End In Extra Innings

Texas Rangers walkoff
Getty Images

2. Three Games WIll End In Extra Innings

Texas Rangers walkoff
Getty Images

An offensively slow day in the bigs will allow three games to enjoy free baseball. One could only hope for a few home plate mobbings.

1. David Price Will Bring A No Hitter Into The 8th Inning or Later

David Price pumped
Getty Images

1. David Price Will Bring A No Hitter Into The 8th Inning or Later

David Price pumped
Getty Images

Tampa Bay’s ace David Price will bring a no hitter late into Opening Day against the Toronto Blue Jays. As mentioned before, R.A. Dickey getting smacked around early will allow Price to settle in and do his thing in front of the only sold out Tampa Bay crowd of the season. Well, hopefully they sellout.