Lots of offense on Monday: 34 home runs, the 13 games averaged just under 11 runs per game and four teams scored at least 11 runs.
The Atlanta Braves scored 16 runs against the Cubs, nearly matching how many runs they scored (18) in six games against the Chicago Cubs last season. Braves rookie Jason Heyward homered in his first career plate appearance and became the fourth player in the last 30 years to hit a home run in his first career plate appearance on opening day.
HR in First Career PA on Opening Day (since 1980)
Jason Heyward became the fourth player since 1980 to hit a home run in his first career plate appearance on Opening day.
Heyward's speed off the bat for his home run was 120.9 MPH. In all of the past four seasons, only six players hit a homer that had a faster speed than Heyward's. And that's the fastest exit speed against Carlos Zambrano since 2006.
The Texas Rangers had their first walk-off win on Opening Day since 1980, when Rich Gossage of the New York Yankees threw a wild pitch in the bottom of the 12th inning in a Rangers 1-0 win. On Monday, the Rangers won with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th. They won only twice all of last season in games which they trailed entering the 9th inning.
Jason Bay's tripled in his debut for the New York Mets. It was a triple to left center field. There were several triples to left field in Citi Field last year, But there was only one hit into that left-center gap. And that was hit by a pitcher - Nelson Figeuroa!
Despite all the offense, there was some pretty good pitching on display.
Johan Santana had his change up working again. Batters were 0-for-6 on Monday vs his change up with three strikeouts. From 2007-08, Santana's strike out percentage was 37.8 with his change up. Last year it dipped to 28.8 percent. On Monday it was 42.9 percent.
Tim Lincecum picked up from where he left off in 2009. He got hitters to chase nearly 47% of his pitches out of the zone on Monday. Hitters chased 27% of his pitches out of the zone from 2007-09.
Dan Haren didn't allow a single leadoff hitter to reach base - 4 ground outs, 2 strikeouts and a flyout; and all that came on his fastball. Haren retired 18 of 19 hitters in first six innings (including 14 consecutive). A key factor was that the Arizona Diamondbacks righty threw two of his first three pitches for strikes 89% of the time (MLB average in 2009 was 60%).