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Things About MLB Opening Day You Didn’t Notice

Things About MLB Opening Day You Didn't Notice

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Now that MLB Opening Day is behind us we can look towards the rest of the regular season. So many things matter going forward as each team tries to do their best to win their division. One thing that ultimately will not matter all that much is whether your team won or lost on Opening Day. There are several points to take not of however that you might not have noticed before.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are Better than Many Thought

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are Better than Many Thought

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It is too easy to point to the opening winner for the Pirates and suggest that barely beating the Cubs means they aren't that good. Actually the opposite is true. Even though they didn't do a lot to change this club during the offseason, they are one of the best teams in the game. By that I mean they are a real team that supports each other and together they are better than the sum of their parts. They'll be there at the end.

The St. Louis Cardinals Can be Beaten

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The St. Louis Cardinals Can be Beaten

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Yes, the Cardinals are good. They are very good but that does not mean they are impossible to beat. Even with the possible Cy Young favorite on the mound on Opening Day, they still barely pulled out a small victory. While this shows they are a good team, even a very good team, it also could suggest that they are beatable. Truth be told, they will probably be dealing with the Pirates and the Reds for most of the season.

Johnny Cueto Looked Great and was Healthy

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Johnny Cueto Looked Great and was Healthy

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This season's debut went much better for Cueto. Not only did he remain healthy throughout the game but he also matched Adam Wainwright pretty well. If he can continue to pitch that well going forward, the Reds will have their own Cy Young contender.

For Some Reason the Atlanta Braves Stink in Milwaukee

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For Some Reason the Atlanta Braves Stink in Milwaukee

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No one is exactly sure why but going back to last season the Braves average less than 1.8 runs per game in the Brewers home park. That is strange because Miller Park is a hitters park for most every other team in the game. Only the Braves have consistent issues hitting there. The best part of this is that one loss does not mean they will have trouble scoring runs all year long and they only play in Milwaukee a few times all year.

The Philadelphia Phillies Won but Still Have Much to Prove

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The Philadelphia Phillies Won but Still Have Much to Prove

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Sure the Phillies beat the Texas Rangers in a high scoring game where the final score looked more like they scored two touchdowns and the Rangers had a touchdown and a field goal than a baseball game. Congrats are in order for the Phillies to get the year started on a strong foot. Don't hand them contention just yet however because they beat an injured Rangers team and still barely beat them. They scored 14 runs and barely won with Lee on mound.

The Washington Nationals Finally Hit but the Pitching Left

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The Washington Nationals Finally Hit but the Pitching Left

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It was just one game and we all know that but the truth is that the Mets outplayed the Nationals in that game. Good teams find a way to win and the Nats did that. I'm not taking that away from them but they were supposed to be a shutdown pitching staff and they didn't come close to shutting down the Mets in game one. It's something to remember. Also keep an eye on Bryce Harper who didn't make it through one game without almost getting hurt.

Detroit Tigers Do Not Look Like the Best in the A.L. Central

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Detroit Tigers Do Not Look Like the Best in the A.L. Central

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Most are picking the Tigers to be the best of the best in the American League Central and they well might be. The truth is that they lost a good pitcher in Doug Fister and a big seasonal hitter in Prince Fielder before losing their starting shortstop just before the season. They have been injured and came away with a win in game one but not looking awesome. They actually looked very beatable.

The Miami Marlins Looked Awesome

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The Miami Marlins Looked Awesome

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You could say that it was because they were facing the Colorado Rockies but the Rockies are going to be better than that shellacking that they received yesterday. The Marlins had someone that looked like the best starter in the game in Jose Fernandez. Also they hit a the cover off of the ball. Basically if they were supposed to look much improved this season; mission accomplished.