Winning on opening day in baseball is important for several reasons. Firstly, it sets the tone for the team’s season, giving them a boost of confidence and momentum going forward. It’s a chance for teams to showcase their strengths and start the season off on a positive note. It can also help to establish the team’s identity and build team chemistry. It’s an opportunity for new players to get acclimated to their new surroundings and for the team to come together and gel as a unit.
From a fan perspective, winning on opening day can create excitement and anticipation for the rest of the season. It can also set the tone for attendance and ticket sales for the season, as fans are more likely to come out and support a team that has started off strong.
However, while it can be a positive start, it’s important to remember that it’s just one game out of a long season. Teams must continue to perform consistently throughout the year if they hope to make a run at the postseason.
With that being said, the Chicago Cubs started the season with a bang as they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 4-0 on opening day. Marcus Stroman led the way for the Cubs with a dominant performance on the mound, allowing no earned runs and striking out eight batters in six innings of work, taking home the victory.
The Cubs’ offense was led by shortstop Dansby Swanson, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Nico Hoerner added a hit and a run scored in three at-bats. Left fielder Ian Happ reached base three times with a hit and two walks while also scoring a run. However, center fielder Cody Bellinger had a tough day at the plate, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
The Cubs got on the board in the third inning thanks to an RBI ground ball single by Swanson, scoring Miles Mastrobuoni. This also scored Hoerner on a Brewer throwing error. The Cubs added to their lead with a line-drive single by Trey Mancini, scoring Swanson. Yan Gomes finished the damage with a fielder’s choice, scoring Happ for the 4th run of the inning. The 4-run 3rd inning was all the Cubs needed to secure the victory behind starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.
Stroman was supported by a solid bullpen, as Keegan Thompson, Brad Boxberger, and Michael Fulmer combined for three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four batters.
Overall, it was a great start to the season for the Cubs, who looked sharp on both offense and defense. With Stroman leading the way on the mound and Swanson providing a spark at the plate, the Cubs will look to build on this opening-day win and continue their success throughout the rest of the series with the Brew Crew. The next matchup will be Saturday, with Justin Steele throwing for the Cubs against Brandon Woodruff for the Brewers. First pitch is at 2:20.