The way their starting pitcher, closer and most of the lineup performed in Friday’s season opener perhaps it was amazing the Yankees even had a shot to beat the Rays. Along with a terrible start from CC Sabathia and a rare stinko thrown in from closer Mariano Rivera, most of the Yankee lineup was awful too.
Take away Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez’ 4-for-8 combined effort in the 3 and 4 holes and the Yankees just didn’t get the job done at the plate. At the top, 1-2 hitters Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson were a combined 1-for-9 with a walk, with “Jetes” getting both positive results. Hitters 5-9 went a combined 4-for-20, with the main belt a three-run homer off Raul Ibanez’ bat.
Most troubling was the Yanks inability to score after the third inning, with six straight goose eggs going up on the board. “Not good,” as comedian Jerry Seinfeld would say. “Not good.” Only this result wasn’t too funny.