You may be wondering about the title of the recap so here's the lowdown: You can blame this loss on our very own E.J. Fagan who triumphantly emailed the group after two innings saying that Tanaka was going to win the Cy Young this year and as soon as he did that, the game turned into a total sh*tshow. So thanks a lot, E.J.! Is anyone else on the team you'd like to jinx?
In all seriousness, this was not a fun game at all. It was also very boring and the offense seems to have picked up right where it left off in 2014 which is not a good thing.
Let's get to the good, the bad and the ugly of today's loss:
- Alex Rodriguez's return to Yankee Stadium was actually pretty positive. He had a walk in his first at bat, had a single in his second at bat and made some solid contact in his third at bat - it was a fly ball to right. All in all, he was a bright spot today.
- Brett Gardner hit a home run. Too bad no one was on base for it.
- Like I mentioned above: The offense. The Yankees had three hits. I already talked about two of them: A-Rod's single and Gardner's home run. The other hit was a Brian McCann single. They just couldn't get anything going against any of the Blue Jays pitchers but especially against starter Drew Hutchison. Three hits will not win ballgames.
- You know what else won't win ballgames? Making the third out at third base. Did Gregorius did that. And throwing errors. Chase Headley did that.
- Masahiro Tanaka started off nicely until E.J.'s email and then it was all down hill from there. His final line was: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 6 K, 2 BB and 1 HR. The big story will be how his velocity wasn't high and how some pitches were flat. Hopefully this is just a blip and not a sign of things to come.
It is way too early panic and the Yankees have had other Opening Day stinkers in the past so I'm not worried just yet. I was just so looking forward to watching real baseball again and they gave us a stinker. Hopefully things will improve on Wednesday night.