SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports & # 39; Bob Nightengale, Steve Gardner and Jorge Ortiz give their predictions for the new season.

MIAMI – As far as harbingers go, one could not get a more powerful one – for both sides.

At the very first pitch of the Major League Baseball season, the Chicago Cubs & # 39; Ian Happ hit a quick ball from Jose Marena of Miami Marlins over the right field fence for a doubtless home run and the first run of the year.

The game is 12:43 pm The EDT launch was the earliest in the majors.


The Cubs, who have each reached the National League Championship Series in the last three years, will be widely known as NL Central Champions and for a World Series

The Marlins, under the new ownership group under the Directed by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, star players like Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich exchanged and struggled to avoid 100 losses.

On Thursday, first place was the beginning of a very long season in Miami.

It did not get much better for Urena, who made his first opening day start and rattled. He hit three batters and went two more in the first, somehow escaping with only a 0-3 deficit when he could make his counterpart, Jon Lester, third out after almost beating him.

In the top of the second inning, first baseman Anthony Rizzo added Urena's solo home run.

Urena, who went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA in the breakout season of 2017, pulled start instead of injured Dan Straily. 19659008] Happs Homer seemed to be a continuation of 2017, where a confluence of juiced baseballs, free-swinging sticks, and a commitment to starting angles produced an MLB record of 6,104 home runs. The previous high was 5,693 (2000), at the height of the so-called steroid era.

Happ provided a powerful reminder that this home-led revolution could be here.


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