Well I was all pumped up to write some Opening Day thoughts but I noticed Scott White and Al Melchior beat me to it. They're probably asleep right now. How cool am I? Staying up this late on a work night.
Anyway, I strongly suggest reading what Scott and Al blogged about as they took down some great Opening Day notes. I also strongly suggest reading what I'm about to write, even though I have no idea what's about to happen in this space. Here we go ...
- Just figured out how to do bullet points in the blog. This is an exciting development.
- Ryan Braun stole a base today. I think his stolen base totals are hard to project, but this is at the very least an encouraging start. Braun stole 33 bases in 2011 and 30 bases in 2012.
- Dont' drop Tanner Scheppers yet! I'm going to make something up and say he had jitters. Sounds plausible, right? Give him a few more tries before cutting him loose.
- Hat tip to Al for telling me to start Steve Cishek over Scheppers. Dunce cap to me for not listening to Al.
- Justin Verlander only struck out two Royals today but he seemed pleased with his fastball. Verlander said he was forcing his velocity last year, but it felt easy today. Interesting ... we'll discuss on tomorrow's Podcast and video show.
- The Mets broadcasters seemed worried about Bobby Parnell. One color commentator said he didn't think Parnell was 100%. It was a weird inning as Parnell began throwing around 90 mph and finished throwing around 94 mph. Parnell is a guy who can hit 100. He was doing it before Yordano Ventura made it cool. But the most important thing you should know about Parnell's outing? He should have gotten the save! I thought he had a called strike three to end the game, but Parnell got squeezed and ended up blowing the save.
- The Spurs are really good. Hey, we're allowed to like basketball, right?
- Now I'm off to watch Sonny Gray vs. Justin Masterson and see Robinson Cano in a Mariner's uniform.
- Bullet points are fun. Goodnight