Not the greatest of debuts...
The first ever regular season game at Yankee Stadium ended in a Yankee loss, as Cleveland just destroyed us in the late innings. CC pitched fine, with only one earned run over 5.2 innings. It was disturbing though that he had 5 walks, compared to his 4 strikeouts. He also threw 122 pitches (70 for strikes) in his short outing. Jorge Posada hit a solo homerun(the first at the stadium), Johnny Damon had the first ever hit at the new Stadium, Robby Cano went 3 for 4, and Hideki Matsui drew 3 walks over the course of the game (he also had a single in one of his 2 at bats). Our bullpen was terrible, with Jose Veras having 3 earned runs without recording an out, and Damaso Marte having 6 earned runs in one inning pitched. I think we drastically overpaid for Marte (12mm/3 years...when we could have brought in someone like Will Ohman for less, or called up Mark Melancon. I know its early, but he wasn't great for us last year either, and Bruney and Melancon are just better guys to have in the set-up role. I have faith in Jose Veras, despite his complicated delivery, but today wasn't his best game. You might like to know that after Marte served up that grand slam to Grady Sizemore the entire stadium chanted "We want Swisher." SuperSwish went 1 for 4 today with a double, and according to PeteAbe Swish drew an X on his elbow as a tribute to Xavier Nady and his stint on the DL. This guy is quickly becoming a fan favorite, and it seems like he's going to be a big part of the club this year.
Posted by Kevin S. at 7:55 PM