I'll do a game-by-game write-up when I get home from vacation, but suffice to say that the reigning champs started the 2017 season with a bit of a hiccup, losing 3-2 to the consensus worst team in the league, WIB.
The series was off to a good start for the Avolanche when, two batters in, WIB ace Strasburg left for the game (and the next series). However, against a completely lacklustre bullpen, the champs just couldn't mount any offence at all and were even worse on defense. MVP candidate Corey Seager's performance was a microcosm of the series with anemic hitting backed up by allowing 8/9 x-chart opportunities for hits, rolling four or less each of those times. WIB managed to capitalize on many of those chances by following with a shot into the cheap seats. The horrendous WIB bullpen kept the Avolanche lineup in check and the whitey from Brampton beat back-to-back LHPs to win the series 3-2.
Game 1- Arrieta loses to the WIB bullpen after Strasburg only throws two innings. WIB has a a historically bad bullpen, but the Avolanche seem to hate runs. WIB 7-5
Game 2- Last year's first overall draft choice, Noah Syndergaard, stepped up to face Junior Guerra in the second game. Thor's pitched with the enthusiasm of a guy getting ready to golf during the playoffs this year, but allowing runs to the Avolanche in each inning from the 3rd to the 9th. Hard to win that way. Avolanche 10-3
Game 3- Chris Archer and Masahiro Tanaka kicked off the tightest game of the series which went into extras, and was eventually won by the Avolanche in the 11th, saving what could have led to an ugly moment of seppuku in the Alec's driveway. Avolanche 7-6
Game 4- Is this 2010? You'd have been forgiven for thinking that because looked like vintage Felix Hernandez against one of those sad Avolanche rebuilds, but it's actually 2017. That's the year that the powerhouse Avolanche flailed pathetically at Felix's high 80's fastball and went down meekly, while WIB's terrible lineup vs. LHP managed to put up more than enough runs against Happ to take the win. WIB 5-1
Game 5- Another LHP in David Price, another comically weak lineup from WIB and a flood of runs would follow. Against WIB stud Kevin Gausman, that was always going to be a recipe for success. WIB hitters kept the runs coming throughout the game and when Blake Snell and Ken Giles come into the game, you know your goose is cooked, as they slammed the door shut. WIB 8-2
Other than George's pride, Strasburg was the only injury to carry over. Corey Seager may never be seen again. I'm pretty sure he's on...vacation, yeah, vacation. Forget you ever heard that name.