3 way too early reactions from Chicago Cubs Opening Day
Opening Day had a different vibe on Thursday for the Chicago Cubs than Opening Days in recent memory. While Opening Day will always serve as a time of renewed hope and excitement for Cubs fans, typically, the team's performance quickly sucked the energy out of the new season.
That was not the case on Thursday as Cubs' starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was electric in his outing against the Milwaukee Brewers and the team's offense took advantage of scoring opportunities as the team secured a 4-0 victory.
In what has become a tradition for teams in the midwest, the Cubs have no game on Friday and that creates plenty of time for fans to overreact to what they saw on Thursday.
3 way too early reactions from Chicago Cubs Opening Day - Cody Bellinger is still broken
The early returns on the Cubs' free-agent signings of Dansby Swanson, Trey Mancini, Brad Boxberger, and Michael Fulmer were encouraging. Swanson had three hits in his Cubs' debut while Mancini had an RBI single and Boxberger and Fulmer pitched shutout innings in the eighth and ninth innings respectively to close out the game.
It was not an encouraging start to the season for new Cubs' center fielder Cody Bellinger. Bellinger went hitless in his four plate appearances on Thursday with a strikeout but did manage to draw a walk. Bellinger's approach on Thursday appeared to have reverted to what he had during his last two seasons with the Dodgers and that led to some less-than-ideal swings.