Game One: Yankees at Astros 4/1/14

Welcome to the first regular season game thread of 2014!

So the season is finally beginning as is the long, drawn out good-bye to Derek Jeter. Hopefully, it will be a nice farewell tour like Mariano Rivera had last year and doesn’t resemble the farewell of someone on his last legs – I’m looking at you Willie Mays.

Tonight’s pitching matchup is between CC Sabathia, who is trying to rebound from an awful 2013 and Scott Feldman, who signed a three-year deal to be the big guy in the Astros’ rotation. He is making only his second career Opening Day start. For Sabathia, this will be his sixth Opening Day start as a Yankee. He’s an expert at this sort of thing. Let’s hope it’s better than last year’s Opening Day.

The lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
McCann C
Teixeira 1B
Soriano DH
Gardner LF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 3B

ASTROS
Fowler CF
Grossman LF
Altuve 2B
Castro C
Guzman 1B
Carter DH
Dominguez 3B
Hoes RF
Villar SS

Things to watch:

  • Sabathia’s velocity and control.
  • How Jeter hits in the number two spot.
  • How the new guys – McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran – do in their Yankee debuts.

Tonight’s game can be seen on the YES Network and on MLB Network in New York and on CSN and MLB Network in Houston and can be heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM and WADO 1280 in New York and on KBME 790 and KLAT 1010 in Houston.

Enjoy the game and go Yankees!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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