Tweet roundup! (or, the time it took me to copy/paste these tweets was on average longer than most Rays plate appearances today)
This probably won't be a recurring feature on any given postgame thread BUT HEY IT'S OPENING DAY SO
Chris Archer with 12K in 5IP on Opening Day. Only 8 pitchers since 1913 have had more Ks on OD. Of 9 others with 12K, all had at least 6 IP.— Cliff Corcoran (@CliffCorcoran) April 3, 2016
#Rays Ryan Webb will become the first player born in Clearwater to pitch for the team.— Steve Kinsella (@Steve_Kinsella1) April 3, 2016
Important part of all these low strikes: Martin and Conger are both great framers— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) April 3, 2016
16 Ks by #Rays pitchers today ties modern day record for Ks on Opening Day with 2005 Mets (v Reds)— Roger Mooney (@RMooneyTBO) April 3, 2016
TROY TULOWITZKI WITH THE FIRST HOMER OF 2016, WILL LIKELY FOLLOW IT WITH FIRST IN-SEASON SEASON-ENDING INJURY— NOT BUSTER OLNEY (@TRIPPINGOLNEY) April 3, 2016
Troy Tulowitzki homered against the Rays; Corey Dickerson homered against the Jays.— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) April 3, 2016
Dickerson told me before today's game that he isn't altering his approach coming to #Rays. He is the player he is, one that hits long homers— Matt Stein (@MattSteinSTF) April 3, 2016
So Archer settled down and shattered David Price's Rays Opening Day strikeout record of 7 K's with 12 of his own. All of this in 5 innings of work. Those are classic Scott Kazmir numbers right there. Again, maybe Archer should throw one pitch to start the game and get a mound visit from Jim Hickey. That's how he'll put up those Cy Young numbers we're all thinking about.
On the other hand it's clear that the Rays all had reservations for Dorsia at 7:00 because they swung at approximately 7,000 first pitches, allowing Stroman to pitch into the ninth with a pitch count lower than the ambient temperature of Tropicana Field. I get that the Rays are going to be more aggressive this year, but maybe they should wait until the ball leaves the pitcher's hand to swing and make weak contact.
Anyway the hot takes come early this year. The real fan's recap will show up a little later, but you can complain here for a little bit if you want.