April 2, 2014

Schadenfreude 173 (A Continuing Series)



George A. King III, Post:
And you thought ObamaCare got off to a miserable start.

From CC Sabathia getting spanked by the light-hitting Astros, to the ball being carelessly thrown away by Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira, to Carlos Beltran committing a fielding error and third baseman Kelly Johnson screening Derek Jeter on a ground ball, the Yankees laid a rotten Opening Day egg Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. ...

Sabathia gave up four runs in the first and two in the second when Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes homered to power perhaps the worst team in the majors to a 6-2 victory before 42,117. ...

Scott Feldman, a journeyman right-hander, toyed with the revamped Yankees lineup that Jacoby Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran are supposed to breathe life into and help reduce the sting of Robinson Cano leaving The Bronx for Seattle.

The trio went 2-for-12 and the hits were singles.
Mark Feinsand, Daily News:
At least Derek Jeter never has to experience one of CC Sabathia's Opening Day starts again.

Sabathia continued his trend of sloppy season debuts, getting rocked in the first two innings as the Astros cruised to a 6-2 win over the Yankees to kick off the Captain's final season. ...

In six career Opening Day starts with the Yankees, he's now 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA.
Andrew Marchand, ESPNNewYork:
In one of the uglier Opening Days in franchise history, slim CC Sabathia pitched awfully, while Derek Jeter, in his final season, took a fastball off his wrist in the first inning. ...

Sabathia showed some worrisome signs right from the start. He could barely touch 90 mph, which makes being precise a priority. He was not accurate enough. ...

After two innings, Sabathia and the Yankees were down 6-0. Former Yankees catcher and current YES analyst John Flaherty went to Twitter to describe what everyone was thinking.

Cc has nothing!!
— John Flaherty (@flash17yes) April 1, 2014
Mike Vaccaro, Post:
[T]he Astros used CC for BP, teeing off on fastballs that struggled to hit 88 on the gun, clobbering changeups that checked in at 83, all of them belt-high and inviting, most of the baseballs hit with a lot more velocity than they were thrown. ...

[A]n unsettling 6-2 loss to a team that lost 111 games last year (including their last 15 straight) and has dropped 324 games the last three years.

3 comments:

Tom DePlonty said...

If the Yankees were to stink hilariously all season, that just might make the canonization of St. Jeter bearable.

Noah said...

Sabathia's velocity has been trending downward consistently for a couple of years.

It doesn't look like there's any chance of him returning to his previous form.

Michael said...

Skinny Sabathia is still super creepy.