Monday, April 1, 2013
An Ugly Opening Day
Note that this is only the first game of the season. The Yankees have 161 games remaining, 161 more chances to win. (Note: the Yankees were swept out of Tampa to open the season last year).
Returning to this game, the offense looked like it did in October of last year. The Yankees squandered countless opportunities with runners in scoring position. Perhaps the most glaring opportunity came in the seventh when Andrew Miller walked the first two batters of the inning. Nunez, Cano and Youkilis all struck out to follow the walks. This is reminiscent of the 2012 season and it is something the Yankees need to get figured out. Hitting home runs is nice, but as Cervelli displayed today, a two-run single is just as satisfying.
After an off-day tomorrow, the Yankees will go back at it on Wednesday at 7:05 as Hiroki Kuroda will make his season debut against Clay Buccholtz and the Red Sox for game two of the season.