Even with some winning teams showing offensive muscle — the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals scored 10 runs each, the A's and Boston Red Sox eight — teams scored an average of just 3.27 runs on opening day this year.

The Rangers stood out, failing to get a hit against Sonny Gray until Ryan Rua singled in the eighth inning. One common theme was an inability to string together hits for sustained rallies. Four of the five teams that scored only one run did it on solo homers.

While it is true that teams often roll out their best pitchers on opening day, that alone cannot explain the drought. Several winning teams used three or even four pitchers.

If baseball administrators and fans are concerned about run scoring, the sport's first showpiece day did nothing to reassure them.