In the lead up to the 2014 season, there was a great deal of buzz surrounding New York Yankees ace left-hander CC Sabathia, but despite those rumblings, he has much to prove on the field, and if Tuesday night is any indication, it could be a long season.
Sabathia, who famously lost dozens in pounds from his “hefty” frame in the off-season, struggled visibly in his first start, and as a result, the Yankees fell to the hapless Houston Astros by a score of 6-2. The left-hander allowed 6 earned runs in just 6 innings of action, and while he settled down a bit after 2 innings of utter pain to start the game, the whole of the outing was anything but encouraging. CC’s velocity had already dipped noticeably from his “prime”, but in this start, he was pressing to even touch 90 MPH with his fastball, and that’s likely an ugly recipe.
Offensively, the Yankees were (somehow) befuddled by right-hander Scott Feldman. Houston’s “ace” navigated through 6.2 innings of shutout ball against the usually potent New York lineup, and with the early 6-run advantage, he was able to pound the strike zone before turning things over to the bullpen to close things out.
The Houston Astros may never see the “good” side of .500 again this season (at least if 2013 is any indication), but after beating up CC Sabathia on Tuesday night, the Astros are 1-0 and the Yankees are 0-1.