Opening Day Quick Hits

Randy MarquisContributor IApril 7, 2009

MIAMI - APRIL 06:  Third baseman Emilio Bonifacio #1 of the Florida Marlins plays third base while taking on the Washington Nationals on opening day at Dolphin Stadium on April 6, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Nationals 12-5.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Is this the year Felix Hernandez delivers on all that promise? 8IP, 5H, 3BB, 6K, .185 BAA...all on a bum ankle. If Erik Bedard is healthy and Ryan Rowland-Smith can pitch like he did last September (3.06 ERA, .252 BAA), maybe Seattle won't suck so bad after all.

I don't know if Emilio Bonifacio will ever have another game like yesterday's (4-5, 4R, 3SB & an inside-the-park home run), but wouldn't you like to have him in your lineup in case he does?

No, the sky isn't falling Yankee fans, despite what Jon Heyman writes. Even Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle had bad games. CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira will be just fine.

I guess Chris Ray and Jason Motte owners (yours truly included) have a little longer to wait for their sleepers to produce. Motte owners might want to take a flyer on Ryan Franklin, just in case.

One game does not a season make, but one game should have you taking a second look at Bonifacio, Felipe Lopez, Adam Lind, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Hank Blalock, Kevin Millwood & Paul Maholm. No, you shouldn't go cutting Sabathia, Teixeira, Brandon Webb, Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard or even Cliff Lee to make room. But at the bottom of every roster is someone you can live without and that's the place to try and nab a breakout star before your competition does. You can bet your competition will try and do the same.