It's nearly impossible not to, but we all really need to do our best not to read too much into today's game. Emotionally, the first game always occasions a strong response, but really, this is just one game. Remember, in the last few seasons, the Royals have actually won a fair number of dramatic first games, only to still have horrible seasons. Moreover, in spite of all that went so hilariously wrong, at one point the Royals were leading thanks to a Yuni-Bomb.
So, yea, it is still just one game. But that was ugly. And while it is confirmation bias to say so, it was predictable.
- I hope Greinke enjoyed getting robbed of a win for the first time this season, 'cause it's gonna happen again. Greinke wasn't jaw-dropping, but he was once again good enough to deserve better. Instead, he suffered an unearned run in the first, thanks to a misplay in the infield (Bloomquist to blame?) and a double over Ankiel's head. He danced around some trouble in the 6th, and while he only surrendered a second run, that inning ended up being important, as he likely had to leave an inning early because of it. We know what happened in the 7th.
- So here's your seventh. Colon allows a walk + single. In comes Tejeda, who promptly allows back to back doubles from Jackson and Damon. 5-4 Tigers. Tejeda then struck out Ordonez, then allowed a single Cabrera (6-4 Tigers) and is pulled. So in comes Juan Cruz, who allows a single and a double to make it 8-4. It's not often you get to see three pitchers be ineffective in one inning.