Opening day is always a special day for a ballplayer. For some, it’s getting rid of 1st game jitters. For others, it’s a time to shine. Lastly for a rookie, it’s everything you could ever want!
On Thursday, the Phillies walked into opening day 2023 with all the confidence in the world for a return to greatness and the World Series. Everything seemed like it was going according to plan until the bottom of the 4th inning. Aaron Nola looked as if he was going to cruise to an easy win in Texas. Nola struggled mightily in that fourth inning, giving up 5 of the 9 runs given up in that inning, the capping blow was a Robbie Grossman, three-run home run….Gregory Soto and Connor Brogdon didn’t help the situation giving up 4 runs between them in that horrendous 4th!
It is not the end of the world…Nola will rebound, Nola will shrug this off. If you are looking to take something out of opening day, look no further than the offense. Think of it this way, if the Phillies score seven runs in a game, expect those games to equal out to a ton of wins, and call Thursday’s game a blip on the radar.
Offensively, some guys that have a lot to prove this season, show up with a vengeance…Nick Castellanos picked up a pair of hits and Alec Bohm had three hits including a two-run homer off of Jacob deGrom in the 2nd inning…Impressive! Castellanos also had a nice defensive play in the game with a throw from right field to get Garcia in that 9run 4th inning. The Phillies offense, as a whole had 12 hits, seven of those hits were extra base hits. The Phillies had an almost unheard of three triples in the game.
FIRST BOHM RUN OF THE SEASON#RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/9ZlWPjt179— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 30, 2023
So, what did we learn from Opening Day? The Phillies have a powerful offense from top to bottom. They scored 7 runs with Kyle Schwarber going 0-5 in the game…That means there may be more in the tank. We didn’t see the monsters in the back end of the bullpen, so no worries there. And, as for Nola, it’s one game in a long season….
Advice…forget about it and move on to Saturday…