Hiroki Kuroda's performance of six innings on two runs will also go down the drain as the Yankees could not even have scored enough runs to make it seem like they were in the game. This offense looks anemic to start the season, and I fault that on the new construction of the lineup. There are men in the lineup who have never played with one another, so I believe that it is only a matter of time until these guys click together and begin to be a force to be reckoned with.
Dexter Fowler certainly has not needed much time to get acclimated into the Houston lineup, hitting a home run to lead off the game and smacking a triple into center field to score the Astros' second run. So in a nutshell, Dexter Fowler, who came to Houston in a trade with the Rockies, won tonight's game against the Yankees and served Hiroki Kuroda his first loss of the 2014 season. Kuroda has been a victim of bad run support ever since joining the Yankees. Last season he was worst in the AL in runs scored by his offense and had the third lowest total in the category in all of baseball.
Suddenly, Ivan Nova finds himself playing a big role in giving the Yankees some relief in tomorrow night's game. Nova has to bring home a victory for the Yankees, who would be crushed if they left Houston with an 0-3 record to begin the season after coming in thinking they could sweep this minor league level team.