By Nate Edwards
There’s nothing like opening day in the Major Leagues. Everything is new. This opening day for 2018 playing OOTP19 is brand new for me.
This is the first time I’ve played a season where I’m not managing every game. I’m sitting in the virtual general manager’s box watching Terry Francona make all of the decisions from the dugout.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed just watching. It’s quick and almost as exciting as watching a real MLB game, partly because you get to see how the team you give the manager performs on the field. And you can get frustrated with the manager’s decisions. I’m one of those guys who gets pissed off watching my favorite teams in real life. I always think the coach should get fired. But I love Francona, so I wonder if I’ll lose my mind and pull the trigger some day and send him walking.
The Indians roster in this opener is pretty similar to the one the real Indians broke camp with this season. The one big difference is the addition of former New York Yankees’ left Chasen Shreve to the Tribe’s bullpen.
I claimed Shreve off waivers from the Yankees just before the opener and cleared room for him on the roster by Tyler Olson to Columbus.
We didn’t see Shreve in the opener. The Indians didn’t need him in a 3-2 victory over the Mariners.
Corey Kluber went 8 innings for the win, striking out eight while allowing two runs on seven hits. Cody Allen allowed two hits in the ninth, but battled back for his first save of the season.
The hitting heroes were Yan Gmoes and Jason Kipnis. Gomes (2-for-4) drove in two runs with an RBI double that put the Indians on top 2-1 in the fourth. Kipnis followed with a single to plate Gomes.
With runners on the corners, two outs, and the Indians clinging to a one-run lead, Allen got Mike Marjama to foul out to Jose Ramirez to end the game.
A good start!