MLB: 10 Most Interesting Storylines of Friday's Opening Games
There has already been an Opening Day in Japan as well as an Opening Day in Miami, but there are still some teams that have not began their seasons.
A number of interesting storylines surround these teams and their players. They will finally be able to get onto the field for the first time in a meaningful game this year.
Teams will be trying to start their run to the playoffs, and they will like to get off to a strong start to their year.
Will This Be the Start of the Los Angeles Angels' Run to the World Series?
There are a lot of expectations surrounding the Los Angeles Angels this year after they went out and signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.
The Angels think that they have a good chance to get to the World Series this year. Their potential title run will start on Opening Day, and they are hoping to get their season off to a good start.
Is This Mariano Rivera's Last Opening Day with the New York Yankees?
One of the most pressing questions of the 2012 MLB season is in regards to if this will be Mariano Rivera's final season in the major leagues.
Rivera has hinted at the fact that he might retire, but he has not announced anything. This could be the last time that a season begins with Mariano Rivera on a New York Yankees roster.
Will Corey Hart Play?
After winning their first division title in over two decades last season, the Milwaukee Brewers want to get off to a hot start this season in an attempt to repeat their success.
Corey Hart is one of their key players, and it is uncertain if he will play in the opener. Hart hit a home run in his second game back from knee surgery, and he might play.
Is This a Start of a Miserable Year for the Houston Astros?
Most people are in agreement that the Houston Astros are in for a very bad season. The questions is about how bad it will actually be.
Houston has a number of young players that are on their roster, and they will have a lot of time to improve. The Colorado Rockies could hand the Astros the first of what could be many losses this year.
Will Tim Lincecum Start His Campaign for the NL Cy Young on the Right Foot?
Tim Lincecum has already won two National League Cy Young awards in his career. He will be looking to add a third one this year.
If Lincecum is able to win another Cy Young, then he will be able to demand an incredible amount of money from the Giants or another team if he reaches free agency.
Can Albert Pujols Hit a Home Run in His First Game as an Angel?
Albert Pujols is arguably the best hitter of his generation, and for the first time in his career during the regular season, he will not be wearing a St. Louis Cardinals jersey.
Pujols will look to have a good debut for his new team. The feared slugger will certainly excite the Angels fans if he can deliver a long ball.
Will Cory Luebke Pick Up Where He Left Off?
While he may not have had a great record last season, Luebke had a very solid season. He had a 3.29 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
Luebke will be looking to prove that last season was not a fluke and that he is ready to step up and be a top-of-the-rotation starter.
Will Jaime Garcia Be Able to Step Up?
The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to defend their World Series crown, and they will be without one of their top pitchers, Chris Carpenter, for an extended period of time.
They are going to need some of their other pitchers to step it up. Jaime Garcia has been good for the Cardinals, but he will need to reach the next level if the Cardinals want to reach the playoffs again this year. He gets his first chance to prove what he can do against the Brewers.
Does Brandon Belt Get an Opening Day Start?
The San Francisco Giants made the right decision when they decided to give Brandon Belt a spot on their Opening Day roster. He is going to be a big part of their future.
It has been hinted at by manager Bruce Bochy that Belt will be the starting first baseman against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but it is not officially known if it will happen.
How Does Joe Mauer's Return Go?
The 2011 season was a tough one for Joe Mauer, and he missed a good chunk of the season with injuries. Now he is healthy for 2012.
If the Minnesota Twins are going to be successful this year, they need to get good production out of Mauer. They are hoping that he can get the year off on the right foot.