10 Things We Learned from Opening Day 2017
Last year, I published a post titled 10 Things We Learned About the National League on Opening Day 2016. Like a fine wine, that post has aged well. Included in it are observations that Daniel Murphy could be a good addition to the Nats (He went on to finish 2nd in last year’s MVP voting), and that the Diamondbacks train could be derailed to a thoroughly average Zach Greinke (He was 1% better than MLB average according to ERA+). While it’s just one day in a 162 game season, the pageantry and excitement of Opening Day places a pressure on teams that exposes their true self.
I did not get to watch as many games yesterday as I wanted (Read: I didn’t watch every inning of every game), but I did watch enough to learn a few things.
- Miguel Sano hit an absolute laser of a home run and appeared to be bulked up from a year ago. There’s a not-so-subtle strength through his shoulders that was not there last year. 2016 had Sano’s physique feature a not-so-subtle belly. Pair a more flattering uniform fit with my Kyle Schwarber post from Friday and I’m all aboard the Sano train once again.
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