Fantasy Buzz: 2014 Opening Day Fantasy Baseball Storylines
MAR 31, 2014 3:59p ET
Here are my top Opening Day fantasy baseball storylines, in no particular order, as of 5:00 PM EST...
1) Andrew Brown and Juan Lagares go deep for New York Mets
- Brown was one of the final players to make the Opening Day roster after posting 275/.278/.490 triple slash with two home runs and eleven RBIs this spring.
He hit .227 with seven homers in 68 games for the Mets in 2013.
- It surprised some that Lagares was kept on the roster with Eric Young Jr. as the regular starter. Lagares only had four dingers in 2013 in 121 games as he's known more for his speed. However, a .281 OBP in 2013 isn't going to win too many people over if Lagares struggles to get on base in 2014.
2) Grady Sizemore's back!*
- A single and a home run in his first two regular season at bats since 2011
3) Alex Gonzalez game-winner
- The sky was falling when the Tigers' announced Jose Iglesias would miss most of 2014 with stress fractures in both legs. Tigers' general manager Dave Dombroski didn't panic and dealt Steve Lombardozzi to the Nationals in exchange for Alex Gonzalez who went 2-4 with the game-winning RBI against the Royals on Opening Day.
4) Cliff Lee hates pitching in Texas
- His ERA was 5.07 at Rangers Ballpark before he allowed Texas to rack up eight earned runs on 11 hits in five innings of work on Opening Day 2014.
5) Salvador Perez 4-pack
- A popular "sleeper" pick as the fantasy catcher to watch this season, Perez banged out four hits with two doubles against the Tigers.
6) The "good" Francisco Liriano pitched on Opening Day
- Despite the Pirates' offense living up to low expectations (i.e. - no run support), Liriano allowed no runs, punched out 10 Cubs' batters in six innings pitched, while issuing three walks and four hits (104 pitches).
7) Jose Abreu makes splash
- Batting clean-up, the Cuban import started 2-2 with a double for the White Sox
- I think it's the orange rec specs
- Doesn't matter he already has his first HR of the season (1)
9) PED-free Ryan Braun is still good at baseball
- He hit a PED-free single, scored a PED-free run and stole a PED-free base for the Brewers in their 2-0 win over the Braves
- Speaking of the Brewers, Jim Henderson isn't the closer of the moment as Francisco Rodriguez aka K-Rod will close to start the season, while Henderson gets his stuff together.
- No, it wasn't a lat injury! Cueto got hit on the hand and stayed in the game.
* - Sizemore may not be back