It's Hard Out Here for an Ace: AL Central's Best Struggle in the Openers
The AL Central has consistently produced some of the best pitchers in baseball. The last three AL Cy Young award winners have come from this division. Had Johan Santana not gotten absolutely robbed in 2005, it would be five straight winners.
Today, Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee, and Francisco Liriano took the mound to open their respective team's season, and every one of them struggled.
Lee surrendered one run fewer, but gave up 10 hits in his annotated five inning stint for the Indians.
The Twins got the best start of the bunch. Liriano gave up just four runs in seven innings, but three-fourths of the hits he surrendered were for extra bases including two home runs.
Chances are good that these will be aberrations in the course of good seasons for all three pitchers, and each had positives they can build on going forward.
Realistically, over the course of 162 games, this is just a single game made more disappointing because every team wants to start the season off with a win.
If these three guys can use this rough outing to make themselves better for the rest of the season, an opening day loss is a price their teams will gladly pay.
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