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10 takeaways from MLB Opening Weekend: Orioles’ offensive outburst, Yankees revenge, A’s poor attendance, more

10 takeaways from MLB Opening Weekend: Orioles' offensive outburst, Yankees revenge, A's poor attendance, more

The first weekend of the new Major League Baseball season is in the books. Technically the season officially began a week earlier, with a two-game series in Seoul, South Korea. Spiritually, though, it’s fair to describe the last four days as the real start to the season.

There’s a funny, natural conflict at play with baseball. It’s the sport that offers the most games, but it also requires the longest amount of time before you can draw real conclusions. Still, we’re licensed and trained experts here (or something like that), so we’ve decided to honor the occasion of Opening Weekend by publishing 10 takeaways from the start of the season.

Our observations, found below, range from the team-level all the way down to the uniforms and the minors — hey, it was their first weekend back on the job, too. Some are analytical, some are very much not. In concert, we’re hopeful that they give you a greater appreciation — or, at least, education — for what transgressed over the season’s first four days.

Bear in mind that there are far more players and teams than we could possibly cover here, so don’t feel miffed if your favorites weren’t included. It’s a long year; we’ll get to them.

1. Orioles are on the warpath

The Orioles were a trendy preseason pick to win the American League pennant. Opening Weekend showed why. They throttled the Angels, scoring 24 runs over the first two games before falling 4-1 in Sunday’s series finale. 

On an individual level, the new one-two punch of Corbin Burnes and Grayson Rodriguez combined for 20 strikeouts versus one walk in 12 innings of work. Meanwhile, shortstop Gunnar Henderson kicked off his MVP candidacy by homering and tripling as part of an opening series that saw him hit .400/.538/.900.

The poor Angels, in their first week without Shohei Ohtani, didn’t know what clobbered them.

The Orioles’ April schedule looks favorable to us: they’ll play their next nine games against non-playoff teams, and they’ll have another such nine-game stretch later in the month. As such, there’s a real chance the Orioles enter May with the majors’ best record.

2. Yankees, Braves (sort of) exorcize ghosts

We’re not here to pretend that past playoff failures can be erased in March. We do think that the Yankees, Braves, and their respective fan bases had enjoyable weekends all the same.

The Yankees, in particular, had to be encouraged by their four-game sweep

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