Opening Day: Cubs 12, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON – Well, it was a beautiful last opening day at Globe Life Park.
For three innings.
And to think Many of the 48,538 tickets sold and their available stubs could not even see many of them, as they were stuck in a block in a row to get into the store. It was not clear if it was because people just turned up at the last minute because they were on Texas Live! Having celebrated because they are no longer allowed to print tickets at home or because they may not be sure if they ever wanted to leave.
Anyway, things got dark afterwards. Very dark.
Mike Minor was tired quickly. The Cubs scored once the fourth and then six times the fifth, followed by 1
Here are some comments from Thursday:
– The new manager Chris Woodward wasted no time in appreciating his first decision by sitting down for Shin-Soo-Choo in 2018 for Hunter Pence. There are two sides to suggest that Choo, the incumbent, deserves to start on the opening day, and the other, which states that pence would be another game against which a leftist against Choy has set. Woodward said the latter was the case, and he made a solid argument in his defense.
Still, we've all spent a lot of the meaning (or sentimentality) of the opening day, and it's clear that Choo was not happy. Choo has become one of the most respected team elders and the question is, is it worth it to puke Choo?
I've been thinking about it for a long time, and I'll say yes. The message sent here is damned sentimentality. Woodward's first step is to put the best lineup available to him on the day. Choo will get play time – though I wonder how much will it be against lefties – and Pence is an important part of the list whose job it is to play against lefties. The manager showed that he was willing to contrast the interests of the team with each individual.
– About Pitching: The less said, the better. Mike Minor's start was the shortest starter of a Rangers opening day since Tanner Scheppers in 2014. This experiment was not going well.
He was followed by six other men, none of whom except Shawn Kelley (and he) succeeded (just a batsman) The seven pitchers the Rangers used in the opening match set a franchise record for most jugs used on the opening day Fortunately, the Rangers have a rest day on Friday so the boys can get a day off, but the idea should be that Minor Innings uses it to relieve the bullpen a bit. It is expected that they will get a lot of work when the Tommy John Trio starts, as they will reach the count limits early enough.
– The only encouraging moment of the day: Elvis Andrus had three hits in his first three clubs, including the home run that made Texas the first two runs.
Of course, this will only encourage "Baby Shark" to continue to be used as walkup music. Maybe it does not matter.
For the moment, perhaps his nickname "Papi Shark"
should be the love that Yu Darvish feels for Arlington. That's what he said about starting in Texas on Saturday:
"Although I grew up in Japan, I also feel I grew up in Texas."
He liked this place. He misses this place. It would not surprise me if he played him again for Rangers before the end of his career.
– Other Sinister Moments: Delino DeShields was kicked out on his first attempt to steal what would happen, but he came up with Jon Lester on the hill. Lester refuses to throw to the first base. But say this for Lester, moving home is so fast with runners on base. For the past three years, the runners had been only 44 out of 83 when they ran against him. … Pence was in his last bats on a bottom ball in the middle. But he had three basic balls on Thursday. A big part of his new swing is his ability to get the ball in the air. … left-hander Kyle Bird debuted in the Major League when he faced Anthony Rizzo and led him to four squares. Bird made the squad a guy the Rangers could use as a leftist guy.
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