Bill talked about the walkoffs which occurred on Opening Day but there were a ton of homers of all kinds yesterday. Thirty-three in all, in fact, which is a record for Opening Day.
Thirty-two of those thirty-three were smacked over the fence and one, by Boston’s Eduardo Nunez, stayed in the park. Three players hit multiple homers: Matt Davidson of the White Sox with three and Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees and Tim Anderson of the White Sox with two. In light of that you will not be surprised to hear that the White Sox, who hit six home runs in their 14-7 win over the Royals, tied the major league record for most home runs on Opening Day, previously set by the 1988 New York Mets.
Last year, of course, we saw a new record set for league-wide homers at 6,104. The previous high — 5,693 in the year 2000 — was broken with 12 days left in the season.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.