It’s nice to be your own boss every now and then, and today was one of those days. I allowed myself time off from writing so I could watch the game, given that it was Opening Day.
It’s also nice to watch a game and not expect too much. I didn’t curse at the TV nearly as often as I would have in previous years. I mean honestly. CC hasn’t been great in the first half of any season, nor has he pitched well against the Red Sox, and his Opening Day record at YS is pretty dismal. So I wasn’t surprised by his outing today.
I wasn’t surprised that the Yankees didn’t score 10 runs either. Not with the lineup they fielded and will be fielding for the foreseeable future.
Were there promising moments during the game? Sure. Nunez showed good defense. Youkilis and Cervelli had key hits. Wells had a “nice walk.” Nix played a more than serviceable third base.
But the team looked flat, uninspired. They had a real shot at pouncing on Lester when he was tiring and didn’t. Cano bobbling the ball in the ninth was ugly and Joba’s pitching that inning was truly ugly. (I miss Soriano.)
On the Red Sox side, Kay and Cone kept touting our bullpen over theirs but I think Boston has a better-than-decent bullpen. What’s more, Gomes has always been a pesty hitter and he’s still a pesty hitter and I’m not wild about seeing him on a regular basis. Plus, their rookie, Bradley, looks like the real deal.
Maybe Cashman will make a few trades tonight and we’ll see more new faces on Wednesday. We really need some pop in that lineup. Are we sure we don’t have a kid in the minors like him?