After months of waiting, Opening Day for the Yankees finally arrived. With a pitching match up of C.C. Sabathia vs James Shields, you knew it was going to be a great game. And it was, despite the fact that the Yankees lost in extra innings. It was actually the first time that the Yankees lost a Opening Day game in extra innings since 1980. So here is a look at some of the good things and the bad things.
1. Raul Ibanez
After a very slow Spring Training, Raul Ibanez showed some signs of life as he hit a 3 run HR off of Shields, to give the Yankees a 6 – 4 lead at the time.
2. Alex Rodriguez
After having another good Spring Training, Alex continued to hit the ball as he ended the day with a walk, a single and a double, while also scoring a couple of runs.
3. David Robertson
David Robertson came in to pitch the 8th inning, and made his Yankees 2012 debut with his famous “Houdini act”. After walking Sean Rodriguez and allowing a single to Carlos Pena, with no outs and 2 men on 1st and 3rd, Robertson struck out the next 3 batters to get out of the inning with the lead. Molina and Joe Maddon did help out David a bit as Molina attempted a suicide squeeze with 2 strikes but ended up fouling off the ball.
There was probably more bad then good in this game, and it is only the 1st game of the season but some of these things are something the Yankees need to watch out for.
1. C.C. Sabathia
Now C.C. did not pitch well today, and neither did James Shields so there is some consolation in that. But its not all bad because as C.C always does, he kept the Yankees in the game and gave them a chance to win. Yes aces should win games, not keep their team “in the game” but C.C. did not really have his fastball command today, he got hit hard. But he still found a way to give us 6 innings and maintain the Rays at 5 runs.
2. Curtis Granderson
Although the Rays had some sort of shift for a lot of the Yankee players, they had one for Curtis Granderson tonight, and it seemed to hurt him because Granderson went 0-5. Hopefully this shift won’t be something that all the teams start using, but if it is, Granderson needs to start working on beating it.
3. The offense with RISP
Once again, the Yankees had quite a few opportunities to get a bigger lead and actually win the game, but they didn’t. They had the bases loaded twice and really didn’t do anything. They ended up 2-11 with RISP and stranded 10 runners. They did this a lot last year, and already this year they are not getting off to a good start.