MLB: Stars, Homers, and Lots of Runs Lead a Look Back at Opening Weekend

Opening Weekend of Major League Baseball was full of long balls and a lot of scoring. In fact, some teams like the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners got off to a nice start. Many have low expectations for them this season.

Meanwhile, teams with a ton of buzz like the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers each got a series win to begin their 2019 campaign in style.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Khris Davis leads the American League with four home runs. Also, there was a three-way tie for first in that department in the National League as Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, St. Louis slugger Paul Goldschmidt and Dodger Cody Bellinger sit atop that category.

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The Boston Red Sox (6 runs per game), Seattle Mariners (8), Texas Rangers (7.6), Phillies (7.6), Chicago Cubs (9.3), Arizona Diamondbacks (5.5) and Dodgers (10.5) each scored at least 22 runs to begin the new MLB year.

Bryce Harper hit two homers over the weekend as Philly swept division rival the Atlanta Braves and fellow newcomer and teammate Andrew McCutchen launched a pair of dingers.

In San Diego, Manny Machado got only one RBI and three hits for the San Diego Padres as they beat the San Francisco Giants three out of four games.

Speaking of high-priced all-stars, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 4-12 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs as the Halos kicked off 2019 with a series loss, four games, to the Oakland A’s.

The New York Yankees had the most embarrassing series loss of the MLB weekend. They fell to the O’s in three games. This after the Yanks’ pitching staff held Baltimore to just two runs on Thursday. However, on Saturday Johnathan Holder and Chad Green gave up two runs and five hits in three innings of work. Which lead to a loss. Then, on Sunday lefty J.A. Happ allowed four runs in four innings of a 75 pitch outing. This was too much for the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

For the Detroit Tigers, starter Jordan Zimmerman had a no-hitter through six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays to open the season. Although, he lost it in the seventh.

Max Scherzer is tied for the NL lead in strikeouts after punching out a dozen New York Mets in the season opener. Nonetheless, this became a game where Scherzer got the loss since Jacob deGrom tossed six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts.

What stood out to you about the first weekend of the MLB season? Leave a comment below.

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