CC Sabathia was typical Opening Day CC which is to say that he was bad, the Yankees lineup could only muster two runs on six hits with nobody coming up with a multi-hit game, and the best pitcher out of the bullpen was Shawn Kelley as the they lost to the Red Sox 8-2.
Try not to overreact. Like I said, CC is always bad on Opening Day. His velocity was down, which is a concern, but coming off elbow surgery it is reasonable to suspect it’ll pick up with time. He’s always been a guy that relies more on command, which was absent today, than velocity anyway.
The lineup was bad too, but considering they started Ben Francisco, Vernon Wells and Jayson Nix that was to be expected. They’ll need good pitching to win and on days where they don’t get it, they’ll need timely hits to win games. Considering they didn’t get much of either today it’s not surprising they lost.
There are 161 more games though. It’s going to be a long season. Unfortunately it didn’t start out better, but they started out started out slow even in 1998.