Today's slate of games:
Toronto Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison) @New York Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka)
WTWF: Alex Rodriguez makes his regular season debut after being suspended for all of last season. He'll turn 40 in July and hit .244/.348/.423 in 2013, yet people are still drafting him in fantasy baseball. Go figure.
My Pick: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
Minnesota Twins (Phil Hughes) @Detroit Tigers (David Price)
WTWF: Phil Hughes started 32 games last year and walked just 16 batters. Only twice did he walk more than one batter in a game and the most he walked in a game was three.
My Pick: Tigers 8, Twins 4
Actual score: Tigers 4, Twins 0. Phil Hughes walked only 1 batter. David Price, of Detroit, pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings, striking out 5. Joe Nathan got a cushy one-out save. (My record: 1-1)
Colorado Rockies (Kyle Kendrick) @Milwaukee Brewers (Kyle Lohse)
WTWF: Can Troy Tulowtizki and Carlos Gonzalez make it through this game without being injured?
My Pick: Brewers 7, Rockies 5
Actual score: Rockies 10, Brewers 0. Tulowitzki was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Carlos Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI. They had 5 of the Rockies' 16 hits, as Brewers' pitcher Kyle Lohse was rocked for 8 runs in 3 1/3 innings. And this game wasn't even in Coors Field. (My record: 1-2)
Boston Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) @Philadelphia Phillies (Cole Hamels)
WTWF: Many people thought Cole Hamels would have been traded by now, but he remains a Phillie. The Red Sox could use an upgrade in their rotation and have many good prospects. A trade would make sense for both sides, if not now, then surely before July is up.
My Pick: Red Sox 6, Phillies 3
Actual score: Red Sox 8, Phillies 0. Hamels didn't look so good today (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) as the top of the Red Sox' lineup had great days (except for David Ortiz, who was 0 for 4). Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, and Hanley Ramirez combined to go 7 for 12 with 6 runs, 8 RBI, and 5 homers. Pedroia and Ramirez each had 2 big flies. (My record: 2-2)
Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman) @Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer)
WTWF: Can the Rays lure more than 30,000 fans to their Opening Day game in their terrible ballpark?
My Pick: Rays 4, Orioles 3
Actual score: Orioles 6, Rays 2. And the attendance at Tropicana Field was . . . 31,042. Nice job, Rays fans! (My record: 2-3)
New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer)
WTWF: The 210-million-dollar-man, Max Scherzer, makes his Washington Nationals debut.
My Pick: Nationals 6, Mets 2
Actual score: Mets 3, Nationals 1. Bartolo Colon (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Max Scherzer as the Mets take control of the NL East. (My record: 2-4)
Chicago White Sox (Jeff Samardzija) @Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura)
WTWF: Jeff Samardizja is a free agent at the end of the year and is looking to up his value with a good season with the Sox.
My Pick: Royals 5, White Sox 4
Actual score: Royals 10, White Sox 1. Jeff Samardzija had an ugly start as the Royals had 13 hits and walked 5 times. (My record: 3-4)
Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver) @Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez)
WTWF: King Felix has started the last six Opening Day games for the Mariners and seven of the last eight, with Erik Bedard sneaking in there for the 2008 opener. The Mariners have won eight straight openers.
My Pick: Mariners 5, Angels 2
Actual score: Mariners 4, Angels 1. Never bet against King Felix on Opening Day. The man is unbeaten in the first game of the season. He struck out 10 in 7 innings today, with the only run scoring on a home run by the Hitting God of Baseball, Mike Trout. (My record: 4-4)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @Cincinnati Reds (Johnny Cueto)
WTWF: Cincy outfielder Jay Bruce hit .217/.281/.373 last year and was particularly bad against left-handed-pitchers: .161/.217/.339. Francisco Liriano is a left-handed pitcher.
My Pick: Pirates 4, Reds 3
Actual score: Reds 5, Pirates 2. Jay Bruce hits a home run off left-handed-pitcher Francisco Liriano after hitting like a pitcher against them last year. Cincinnati had a 2-0 lead heading into the 8th, but Andrew McCutchen hit a 2-run bomb to tie the score. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh fans, Tony Watson gave three runs right back on an Earl Weaver Special by Todd Frazier in the bottom of the 8th (an Earl Weaver Special is a three-run homer). (My record: 4-5)
San Diego Padres (James Shields) @Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw)
WTWF: The new-look Padres start the season facing the world's greatest pitcher, Clayton Kershaw. Over/under on hits by the Padres' three new outfielders: 1.5.
My Pick: Dodgers 5, Padres 0
Actual score: Dodgers 6, Padres 3. Clayton Kershaw looked human today, giving up three whole runs in just six innings. His ERA is a whopping 4.50! The three new outfielders for the Padres--Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, and Justin Upton--combined for three hits in 11 at-bats and one was a 3-run double by Kemp. (My record: 5-5)
Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran) @Miami Marlins (Henderson Alvarez)
WTWF: Two teams on opposite paths. The Braves are in full-on rebuilding mode while the Marlins want to be playoff contenders right here, right now.
My Pick: Marlins 5, Braves 3
Actual score: Braves 2, Marlins 1. In their first game in the post-Craig Kimbrel era, the Atlanta Braves won and their new closer, Jason Grilli, pitched a flawless ninth inning. (My record: 5-6)
Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) @Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel)
WTWF: The 2014 AL Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber squares off against the 2014 AL Batting Champion, Jose Altuve. Also, Dallas Keuchel will pitch for the Astros.
My Pick: Indians 7, Astros 3
Actual score: Astros 2, Indians 0. This game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Cleveland starter Corey Kluber had a no-hitter going until Jose Altuve hit a soft single to center with two outs in the inning. He then stole second and scored on a single by George Springer. The Astros added a run in the 8th inning and got a combined shutout from Dallas Keuchel, Tony Sipp, and Luke Gregerson to take the victory. (My record: 5-7)
San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner) @Arizona Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter)
WTWF: The defending World Champion San Francisco Giants take on the worst team in their division and Madison Bumgarner is on the hill. I believe this is the biggest mismatch of the day.
My Pick: Madison Bumgarners 5, Diamondbacks 2
Actual score: Madison Bumgarners 5, Diamondbacks 4. Madison Bumgarner is slipping. He gave up one run in 7 innings in this game. In 21 innings in the World Series last year, Bumgarner only gave up one run and here he gives up a run in just seven innings. They guy has lost it.
Texas Rangers (Yovani Gallardo) @Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray)
WTWF: The depth chart for the Oakland Athletics is shown below (from ESPN.com) and has Craig Gentry playing both left field and center field. It's a bold strategy, Cotton.
My Pick: Athletics 5, Rangers 4