One of the biggest concerns the Yankees had headed into this season was whether Hiroki Kuroda would be able to handle the transition going from the NL West to the AL East. One game does not a season make, but it sure wasn’t a good start for Kuroda Saturday night as he got beat pretty badly by one of the weaker offenses in the division.
“Overall I wasn’t really sharp,” Kuroda told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “Especially I didn’t have my command today. I think that led to a lot of the trouble that I got into. … I really wish I could have continued what I had in spring training, but all my pitches were a little bit off and I didn’t have one pitch I could rely on today, so it was really disappointing.”
Kuroda gave up six runs, four earned, over 5.2 innings on eight hits, four walks, and a homer. It wasn’t pretty. However, if he pitched that way in the NL West, he would have gotten rocked too. So it’s likely that it was just an off-night for the Japanese righty rather than a sign of things to come. At least we should hope.