On March 30th 2023, Major league baseball had its opening day. Since the first time in 1968 all 30 teams played yesterday making it 15 games played. The games started shortly after 1pm (Eastern time). The first team that played this opening season opener is the New York Giants vs. the Yankees, then the Braves and Nationals started right after. The world series champions the Astros made their debut against the White Sox. The MLB’s three new major rules took place that day, especially the one concerning pitching. MlB’s new rule is to not take too long on the pitching mound to keep the games tighter, they have a pitching clock and if the time runs out then the umpire calls a ball on the batter. However, baseball seasons can be very long, they all have 162 games which is very unique for sports because not many professional sports play that many games a season. The Dodgers started off their season strong with a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Will Smith hit 3 for 5 which drove in 3 runs, and James Outman homered defeating the Diamondbacks 8-2 on that Thursday night. Julio Urias started for the Los Angeles Dodgers only giving up 4 hits and 2 runs in the past 6 innings, striking out six people. However, this year the Dodgers sadly lost plenty of players including: Justin Turner, Trea Turner, as well as Cody Bellinger trying to make the Dodgers roster a bit younger. However, the Angels had a rough start to the season even though the star of the show, Shohei Ohtani had an amazing game pitching and being a designated hitter. He called all of his pitches striking out 10 people, with 6 scoreless innings. He went 1 for 3 at the plate, even though he did his best it still was not enough, Ohtani may be the highest paid contract in major league history. There’s plenty of MLB games to look forward to this season.
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