While the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox played last night in the first official game of the 2010 Major League Baseball season, today is the day that most fans look forward to. Unless you are a fan of New York or Boston, today is the day (or tomorrow, in some cases.)
There are many great matchups over the next two days to look forward to. Good teams squaring off, elite pitchers going head to head, and rivalries once again being renewed with the start of the 2010 Major League Baseball season.
Roy Halladay makes his Phillies debut: Halladay, who was acquired this winter from the Toronto Blue Jays, will make his debut against John Lannan and the Washington Nationals. After facing the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays multiple times a year for the last several years, Halladay will certainly enjoy getting to face the Nationals, Mets, and Marlins several times a year now. To borrow a line from SI’s Tom Verducci, “Doc will be operating in the NL.”
Detroit vs Kansas City: Doesn’t sound that interesting, does it? It is. KC’s Zack Greinke will be opposed by Detroit’s Justin Verlander, in a very good pitching matchup. If you’re a fan of good pitching, tune in to see the 2009 AL Cy Young award winner square off against the third place finisher, Verlander.
San Francisco vs Houston: With Tim Lincecum and Roy Oswalt as the starters, this could turn into another good pitching battle, depending on Oswalt. Oswalt had a rough 2009, posting a 4.12 ERA in just over 180 innings. If Oswalt is healthy and back to his 2000-2008 self, this should be a dandy.
Seattle vs Oakland: With 23-year old stud Felix Hernandez on the mound, Seattle will look to start the season off with a win over division rival, Oakland. In 2009, King Felix posted a 2.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and struck out 217 batters in just under 239 innings. Hernandez finished second in the Cy Young race to Greinke.