Things didn’t go so well for the Yankees biggest free agent acquisition, Hiroki Kuroda, in his first start of the season. He gets another chance at making a first impression on Friday though as he gets set to pitch in the Yankees home opener, but the pressure will be on.
“Rather than being excited, I’m more worried about how I’m going to perform,” Kuroda told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger.
“Since I’ve never pitched at Yankee Stadium, I’m a little bit preoccupied,” Kuroda said. “But I try to do my best and have the best outing possible.”
Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild explained that he felt that Kuroda tried to do too much in his first start. That has to be a concern again as he does not seem to be in a relaxed mindset going into the game against the Angels. But part of the reason why the Yankees went after him during the offseason is because he’s a consistent veteran presence so hopefully he can get out there, have a strong first inning, and build off that.