It's Opening Day 2017 as MLB Debuts with a Trio of Games

The 2017 regular season is upon us. Once again there are three opening games scheduled for Sunday, not just one. The rest of the league then gets underway on Monday.
Every year Opening Day brings a ton of quality pitching matchups. Each team starts who they feel is their best available pitcher in the first game of the season. You can’t beat it. It’s nothing but great matchups all day. Given that, it’s time to compile two Opening Day pitching matchups that we truly like.
For the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions. And they’ll get to rub it in the faces of their greatest rivals on the very first day of the season. This series will be in Busch Stadium, however, not Wrigley Field, so the schadenfreude figures to be kept to a minimum. All bets are off when these two clubs meet for the first time at Wrigley from June 2-4.
Anyway, Martinez vs. Lester is our top Opening Day pitching matchup. It’s a meeting between an up-and-coming ace and grizzled veteran workhorse. Martinez is making his first Opening Day start -- Adam Wainwright had started the last four season openers for St. Louis -- while Lester is getting his sixth Opening Day assignment, including his second with the Cubs. Lester threw a ton of innings last year (238 1/3) and had a short offseason, so it’s no surprise the Cubs have indicated they will take it easy on him early in the season.
This matchup has a little something for everyone. A righty and a lefty. A hard-thrower with nasty breaking stuff and veteran who can command five pitches to both sides of the plate. Do you prefer power, or paint? This game offers both. And these guys are really good too. Martinez and Lester combined for 2.74 ERA with 371 strikeouts in 398 innings in 2016. I wouldn’t say it was an easy call for the top spot, but these two are worthy of the crown.

Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks vs. Madison BumgarnerGiants

Two years ago Greinke had a 1.66 ERA, the lowest by a qualified starter since Greg Maddux two decades earlier. I don’t think anyone realistically expected Greinke to do that again in 2016, but I also don’t think anyone expected him to have a 4.37 ERA during Year 1 with the D-Backs either. Home runs were an issue and he was more hittable in general.
Today's Schedule:
Yankees at Rays (1:10 PM ET)
Giants at Diamondbacks (4:10 PM ET)
Cubs at Cardinals (8:35 PM ET)
Get today's selections and all of our winners from the diamond to the ice to the hardwood on this busy Sunday in the world of sports. 


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