1. Cubs: The Cubs swept the competition in the Opening Day Tournament. John Cronin threw 2 perfect games with 14 K's over 20 outs. He added a league leading 6 HR to his stat line. Dan O Reilly hit 3 HR, including a walk off vs the Red Sox. That semifinal matchup vs the Red Sox included an 8 run comeback to win 9-8. O Reilly started on the mound but was in trouble early, Ben Kemp came in the close out the game behind some solid pitching. Kemp hit 5 HR over the Cubs 3-0 start. Plus once Evan Sibbet makes his debut the Cubs will have another ace to throw. Fun fact: the Cubs haven't lost in the history of the franchise, dating back to last year. The Cubs are #1 for now, but they had a close call vs the Red Sox.
2. Red Sox: The Red Sox beat the Brewers (formerly the Pirates) and the Rockies, but could not overcome the Cubs. Sam Essen hit 5 HR but could not get the job done on the mound, giving up 9 runs to the hot hitting Cubs. David Johnson looked sharp on the mound with 8 K's. He will challenge Cronin for the Cy Young. Andy Lehman was the story of the day, coming out of nowhere and blasting 6 HR. He is tied for the league lead. Andy also made a nice catch in the field followed by a "Yeah B****! Let's go!!". He also was quoted yelling "Don't joke with me!". Andy will be a treat to watch this season, he is a leading contender for MVP with his quick wit and home run swing. The Red Sox need a #2 pitcher behind Johnson if they want to win back-to-back games.
3. Rockies: The rookie Rockies had a stellar day. Caden Christiansen looks to be the leader of this young bunch. He was fine on the mound and hit 3 homers. Tommy Buell had some dirty pitches, but could not control much which led to a loss against the Cubs. Joe Juliette threw a 1 hit shutout vs the Brewers with 7 K's, a rookie mistake in the outfield led to the lone hit. Juliette will be the ace on the team going forward. Nolan Rounds hit 1 HR and is doubtful to ever play again, we'll see. The Rockies need better fielder and knowledge of Shed Field quirks if they want to be a more consistent winner.
4. Brewers (formerly Pirates): Allen Greer, the captain of these Brewers, had a great day on the mound but was done in by some clutch hitting by Sam Essen. He had 6 K's. Bruce Lewis made his rookie debut with 4 K's. Mark Kladar and Nick Belmares each had 1 dinger as well. The Pirates need more offense behind Greer to move up in the rankings.