Monday, April 5, 2010

Pitching lets Yankees down in opener

Despite scoring seven runs, including one on a beautifully executed double steal of home by Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees lost last night in baseball's opening game of the 2010 regular season. Why? The pitching stunk up the joint big time.

Jeter always says pitching and defense win games. But they also lose games too and that was clear Sunday night in Boston against the Red Sox. CC Sabathia was given several leads by his offense, but couldn't get out of the sixth inning. And then things went from bad to worse after he left with a succession of ineffectual relievers: Dave Robertson, Damaso Marte, Chan Ho Park and finally Joba Chamberlain in his first shot at the 8th inning job.

It's only one game and it's easy to forget that the Yankees lost the first eight to Boston last year before getting over that hump on their way to the World Series. But it's disappointing to see the Yankees #1 guy and their bullpen, two of their strengths, pitch so badly on the first day of the season. We'll just have to remind ourselves it was merely a fluke and the Yankee pitching is nowhere near as bad as they pitched last night.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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