Opening Day had it’s highs and lows. Ultimately, however, the lows took the day.
When asked his first question after the game on how he’d assess his performance, Bumgarner let out a sigh.
“I felt much better about my personal performance than the line showed but it don’t really matter because the only thing that matters is the line and what I did to help us win,” he said.
Or as Jack put it on Twitter, “Bumgarner’s ERA as a Diamondback went from 6.48 to7.09 today.”
“The Diamondbacks know better than to overanalyze Thursday’s 8-7 defeat against those same Padres to start their 2021 season, but they would like to assert the losing team’s prerogative of clinging to the positives. That wouldn’t include the performance of Bumgarner, whose velocity was improved from 2020 but who allowed six runs in just four innings. But it would include the performance of the Arizona offense, which logged 12 hits and managed to score six runs — all of them on four home runs — in a come-from-behind fifth inning.”
Something that would be helpful for us as fans to keep in mind…
Arizona hit four home runs in that inning, becoming the first team in MLB history with a four-homer inning on Opening Day. Ketel Marte started things off with a solo shot. Asdrubal Cabrera chased Darvish with a two-run job. After a throwing error, Tim Locastro also hit a two-run shot — this one off Hill — and then Stephen Vogt went back-to-back to give the D-Backs a 7-6 lead.
Lovullo left open the possibility that Ahmed starts on Friday but made it sound far from a sure thing. “We’ll keep pushing it back 24 hours and keep having the same conversation,” Lovullo said.
Major League Baseball wants to give back to those who helped the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The league announced Thursday it would distribute $1.5 million in tickets to essential workers.
Teams will be responsible for distributing the tickets, which will be free. All 30 teams will take part, and can determine the seat location, date of the game and number or tickets given out
This essential worker is curious to see how this plays out…
“Fletcher would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time after this season. Instead his new deal stretches through his arbitration years and across his first two potential seasons of free agency.
He will make $2 million this season, $4 million in 2022 and $6 million in 2023 and 2024, followed by $6.5 million in 2025. The Angels have a $1.5 million buyout in 2026 and 2027.”
I almost wonder if this is going to be one of the last deals we see buying out arb and FA years. The service time issue is sure to be one of the hot button issues during the upcoming CBA negotiations and promises to look quite different by the time the two sides are finished.
“Both the pandemic and inclement weather made for some day-of derailments. Thursday evening’s Washington Nationals home game against the New York Mets was postponed amid “ongoing contact tracing” among members of the Nationals organization, the team announced.”
It will be interesting to see how that plays out over the course of the season. With the full length schedule, it will be difficult to make up 10+ games like multiple teams did last season.