This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
As of this writing, teams had played just 3-6 games, so logic tells us that we shouldn't read too much into the results. That's certainly true, for example, with players who are 0-for-10 but have a consistent track record of performance. Sometimes, though, there are observations to be had, and besides, we really can't help ourselves from completely tossing aside sample-size considerations and making broad and often bold predictions based on a small subset of data. With that in mind, here are some observations I have after watching hours and hours of baseball over the last few days:
That Greinke put together a 3.71 ERA/23.7 K%/ 5.1 BB% last season despite his average fastball dropping from 91 mph to 89.6 mph was impressive. In the 2019 opener in Los Angeles, Greinke gave up four home runs (on six fly balls) while allowing seven runs in 3.2 rough innings. He had no command, and just 6.1 percent of his pitches went for swinging strikes (versus a 10 percent career rate). Greinke seems like the type of pitcher (good command/intelligent) who can succeed with a subpar fastball later in his career, but it's clear that if the command is off, the result won't be pretty. He'll probably bounce back in his next outing, but there will be more days like this.
Sale ruined my five-team Opening Day parlay, but he should recover. Allowing three home runs (two to Tim Beckham) in T-Mobile