Couldn’t ask for a better opening day from the Nats.  Stras pitched lights out: 7 innings with no runs and Harper proved, just like he said, that there is no such thing as the sophomore slump. (Okay, okay it has only been one game, but still.)  With Harper’s two homers in his first two at bats, the Nats shut out the Miami Marlins, 2-0.  In addition, in the 7th inning, Harper caught a line drive, with runners on first and third. Harper threw a perfect ball to Nats’ catcher Ramos to prevent Stanton from scoring from third. Polanco was then caught in a pickle and thrown out while trying to advance to second. Espinosa then threw out Stanton who decided to attempt to score from third. It was a 7-2-3-4-2 double play. Yeah, I had to review that a few times.

Props also to Ryan Zimmerman who made a diving save in the first inning to get the third out with a man on third. Soriano also got to play his first game as a Nat in which he struck out two and allowed no hits. Said Johnson of Soriano, “‘Obviously, Spring Training is overrated, but he certainly turned it up a notch and made nothing but quality pitches. He was outstanding,’" read more here.

The Natsproved to be as dominant as the media expects them to be this season, andhopefully this game is a sign of how they will play the rest of this season.  The Nats play at 7:05 tonight and finish upthe series at 4:05 tomorrow.  Let’s getthe brooms out for the first time this season. I ain’t scared.  The Nats willthen head to Cincy this weekend to take on the Reds.

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The Orioles also rocked out their season opener against a Florida team.  The O’s crushed the Rays, 7-4.  So we’ve got one team who only scored twice, BUT shut out their opponents, and a team who scored big, but also allowed 4 runs.  So the O’s, too, proved they may have the successful season the media believes they will have. (I talked about this in my previous article)  The Orioles rallied in the 7th with five runs, starting with a 2 run go-ahead double from…who else? Adam Jones. The O’s play the Rays again tonight at 7:10, then tomorrow afternoon at 3:10.  Their home opener is on Friday at 3:05 which begins a 3 game series with the Twins. After that, it’s a long road trip up north: three games at Fenway followed by three at Yankee Stadium, which will be six games in seven days. I’m betting the Birds are ready for it though. Read more here.

So. The O’s and Nats both kicked some butt like they were supposed to.  If you had to choose, would you rather shut-out your opponents, but only score two runs OR score 7 runs, but allow 4? 

Kidding, who wouldn’t take either of those on opening day? A W is a W. Or I’d take a compromise. Waiting for a 7-0 shut-out, Nationals. No worries though, you’ve got plenty of time.