Saturday, April 7, 2012

Yankees @ Rays 4/7/12


Let's not mince words, Hiroki Kuroda looked like the NL only pitcher that a lot of people labeled him when we signed him. I , being one of the more level headed and patient Yankees fans, do not think that this is the case I simply chalk this up as a bad start. When CC can have a bad start then I am more then happy to give Kuroda a bad start because he is coming to a new league, a new state, a new team, new batters, etc. CC knows the Yankees, knows the fans, knows the Rays, and knows the league very well. Kuroda ended up allowed six runs, four of them earned, in 5.2 IP and seemed to struggle with control and polish. He was definitely not the Kuroda that we saw all spring long but I think it will come with time , adjustment, and the such. 

Nick Swisher hit a three run home run in the ninth with two outs to make it interesting but ARod grounded out , as the tying run, to end the game. DAMN THE SHIFTS is all I have to say. 

The sky is falling in New York because how quickly we forget the last two times that the Yankees started out 0-2 to start the season were 1998 (114 win campaign) and 2009 (103 win campaign) and both seasons ended in a World Series victory. If that is what it takes to win the ring then I never wanna win on Opening Day ever again.

These same two teams play again tomorrow, Easter Sunday, at 1:05 pm ET on YES with Phil Hughes making the start for the Yankees to "stop the bleeding."

Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees face off against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 7:05 pm ET at Tropicana Field. The game will be broadcasted on the YES network and on MLB Extra Innings which is still free all weekend long. Here is your lineup

Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
RHP Hiroki Kuroda
Interesting lineup changes with Gardner sitting against David Price who, let's face it, kills left handed hitting. 

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