David Phelps gave the Yankees seven innings of two run ball and a win-able start. Unfortunately, the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on it against Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox and lost the first game of the four game set. The Yankees now send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound and the White Sox announced Hector Noesi would face his former team in game two of this Chicago showdown.
Kuroda had a bad start to his 2014 season, going 2-2, with a 4.61 ERA, but his last outing wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t exactly brilliant either, but he did get the win: he went six innings giving up three runs on five hits and seven strikeouts to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Yankee Stadium. Kuroda has been inconsistent but Joe Girardi isn’t entirely worried about Kuroda…yet.
It could be possible Kuroda has fatigue early on in the season or it could be the fact he’s 39-years old and not exactly the pitcher he was in his prime. Regardless, Kuroda needs to help the Yankees get back to their winning ways by giving them a good start and the Yankees need to get their offense going against the pitcher they traded away to the Seattle Mariners to acquire Michael Pineda. The question is will the Yankees bats back up Kuroda–and will Jacoby Ellsbury out of all people break out of his terrible slump? We’ll find out tonight, but Yankees fans are hoping for nothing but positive results.