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MLB Opening Day Recap, NL Edition

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Major League Baseball kicked off their annual Opening Day and it was a refreshing sight for all fans across the baseball world. Taking a dive into each NL club, and the Rangers from the AL side who played the Cubs from the NL. Here's how their Opening Day went.

St. Louis Cardinals (1) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (7)

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The Dodgers steamrolled in today's Opening Day against the Cardinals. They spent big this off-season, and it's already paying off. The Dodgers scored 7 runs, those came from Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, and James Outman. The Cardinals only run came from Paul Goldschmidt.

On the flip side, which is pitching, the Dodgers won in that part by a lot. The Dodgers acquired Tyler Glasnow from the Rays this off-season and he pitched 6 IP allowing just 1 ER. Miles Mikolas started for the Cardinals and allowed 5 ER in 4.1 IP.

San Francisco Giants (4) vs San Diego Padres (6)

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The Padres had high expectations last season, and they were pretty disappointing as they didn't make the playoffs. The start to this season was a good one, as their offense performed well and scored a total of 6 runs. For the Giants, they had a great off-season, and dropped the first game of the season.

Padres ace, Yu Darvish was a big reason why they were able to pull away with the win. Darvish pitched 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 7 K's. Giants starting pitcher, Logan Webb pitched solid also but their offense wasn't able to score enough runs.

Washington Nationals (2) vs Cincinnati Reds (8)

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The Reds are coming off a season where they almost made the playoffs with mostly young players. For the Reds, on Opening Day, designated hitter Nick Martini was a huge part of the Reds win. Martini went 2/5, HR, and 5 RBI's. The Nationals only 2 runs came off of an Eddie Rosario home run.

The Reds pitching also performed great. Newly acquired starting pitcher, Frankie Montas started. He pitched 6 scoreless innings with 4 K's. Nationals starter, Josiah Gray pitched the opposite. In just 4 IP, Gray let up 7 ER.

Pittsburgh Pirates (6) vs Miami Marlins (5)

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Today's Opening Day between the Pirates and Marlins went extra innings. The Pirates won in 12 innings. This was a really close game all the way up until the end of the game. The Pirates scored a run in the 12th and held the Marlins in their half of the inning.

Pitching for the Pirates was a little shaky with Mitch Keller allowing 4 ER in 5.2 IP. Marlins ace Jesús Luzardo pitched 5 IP allowed just 2 ER, he also struck out 8. It didn't matter in the end after the Pirates pulled out on top.

Chicago Cubs (3) vs Texas Rangers (4)

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The defending World Series Champions 2024 season kicked off in a walkoff fashion. Jonah Heim of the Texas Rangers hit a walkoff against the Chicago Cubs in extra innings. The Rangers are obviously coming off their first ever World Series, and the 2024 season for the Rangers is off to a positive start.

Overall for both teams pitching was really solid. Especially for the Rangers. Right now, Nathan Eovaldi is the Rangers ace, and he showed out on Opening Day. He pitched 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 3 K's. Eovaldi helped a ton with the Rangers victory in the new season.

Colorado Rockies (1) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (16)

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The Arizona Diamondbacks scored the most runs out of any team on Opening Day. They scored a total of 16 runs against the Colorado Rockies. They just kept on pouring on runs and didn't hold back. They held the Rockies to scoring just 1 run for the entire game.

Zac Gallen picked up right where he left off last year. Gallen's line was 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 3 K's. The rest of the Dbacks bullpen pitched great also which was another big help to the Diamondbacks win.


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