April 18, 2021

Houston Astros’ strong opening statement and other observations from MLB’s first weekend (ESPN)


We had a lot happen over the first four days of the 2021 MLB season. The Reds and Cardinals had the first bench-clearing incident of the season. The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger lost a home run when he passed Justin Turner on the basepath. White Sox rookie designated hitter Yermin Mercedes set an MLB record by starting the season with hits in his first eight at-bats. Corbin Burnes and Jose Berrios locked up in a great duel on Saturday night, the first time in modern history both starting pitchers allowed no hits with at least 11 strikeouts through six innings. Shohei Ohtani threw the hardest pitch of the opening weekend (101.1 mph) and had the highest exit velocity (115.2 mph). The Mets and Nationals, of course, had their entire series postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Washington squad.

Here are some observations from the opening weekend of action:

1. The Astros certainly made a statement with a dominant four-game sweep of the A’s in Oakland. Facing a chorus of boos and sounds of banging garbage cans from the Oakland fans, the Astros won 8-1, 9-5, 9-1 and 9-2. They hit .320/.398/.565 with eight home runs and 12 doubles, becoming just the fourth team to begin a season…

Read “Houston Astros’ strong opening statement and other observations from MLB’s first weekend” at ESPN