Sunday, April 7th: Yankees at Tigers

The Yankees’ slow start was predictable. Once things began going wrong in spring training, a one and four or worse start became a self-fulfilling prophecy. And while the games thus far have been tough to watch, it’s important to remember that there are 157 more games to go. The Yankees have yet to play the equivalent of a single NFL game, and have played the equivalent of two NBA games. For all intents and purposes, nothing has happened yet. That said, despite the season being so young, one disconcerting observation is that the Bombers have been bad on both sides of the ball. They haven’t scored a lot of runs and their pitching has been bad. The surest way for the Yankees to start playing better is for them to start pitching better. There’s no time like the present. CC Sabathia faces off against Justin Verlander today. CC has consistently pitched better his second start of the year in pinstripes (although he’s pitched badly against Detroit) while Verlander hasn’t been unbeatable against the Yankees. Hopefully the big guy can help the team start to play better. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy!