CC Sabathia started the New York Yankees' season opener against the Baltimore Orioles today. The big man's stuff was minuscule, as he lasted 4 and a third innings; allowing 6 earned runs on 8 hits, 5 walks and no strikeouts. This was definitely not the performance Sabathia nor Yankees fans wanted to witness in his first start with New York.
It could be attributed to nerves, it could be an underestimation of Baltimore's lineup, or it could just be one of those days. But one thing is for sure. Sabathia did not have a bad outing because his pants were too tight...
In all seriousness, do not overanalyze Sabathia's start. Take it for what it is. Wait until after his thrid start to begin judging him.
Jon Albaladejo relieved Sabathia with a solid job. 2 and a third innings, no hits, no runs, no walks. Out of 13 pitches thrown, 11 were strikes.
Let's see how Chein-Ming Wang does Wednesday.
-Brett Gardner has clearly displayed his increased power at the plate. His first hit was a ripped single to left in the third inning. The trajectory and authority that that ball travelled with was something that was seldom seen from Gardner last year.
If that's not enough, Gardner showed that he was indeed the fastest man in baseball and a very good base-runner when he went from first to third in no time, after a Derek Jeter single.