Yankees-Indians: My Opinion on Sabathia and the Loss

Sean SerritellaCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  (L-R) CC Sabathia #52 and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees walk off the field after an inning during the opening day game againswt the Cleveland Indians at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees lost to the Cleveland Indians by a score of 10-2. CC Sabathia started but got a no decision. CC Sabathia pitched 5.2 innings. Jose Veras got the loss.

This is not the outcome us Yankee fans wanted in the new stadium. It could have been a historic game for the Yankees for about six innings, but the seventh changed all that.

The Yankee bullpen did not do the job in the seventh inning. Simply put, Jose Veras did not have good control, and Damaso Marte did not have a good outing. Together, they gave up nine runs in the inning.

The Yankee fans were looking for something early to latch on to and get excited about, but nothing like that scenario happened.

CC Sabathia did not have good stuff, especially compared to his last start. He was flat, leaving the ball up, and he did not have the great command we saw in Kansas City. In Kansas City, he was getting ahead with his fast ball and had a really good slider.

In Thursday's start, he did not have it going on at all, and he had to labor through too many pitches; however, you have to give CC some credit, as he threw 122 pitches, grinded his way through this ball game, and kept his team in position to win. He walked five batters and tried not to give into the hitters. He walked the right guys and got out the batters he was comfortable throwing to.

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The Yankees played good defense in the early part of the game, but the offense couldn’t come through with big hits, and Sabathia’s outing would have been looked at differently had he left with a lead. The result of the ineffective offense was a high pitch count. He bent, but he never broke, and left with the game tied.

The bullpen was beaten up and overused in Kansas City, and you hoped these guys were rested, but it appeared to be the opposite in Thursday's outing.

Jose Veras did not have control. He walked the only batter he faced in Kansas City and today, walked the first batter on four straight pitches. He’s going to have to attack the strike zone more to get better results. He needs to get the attack mentality back.

Damaso Marte looks flat, like his arm angle is lower than it normally would be when he throws the ball, which causes the slider to stay on the same plane. You saw it with Grady Sizemore. Sizemore was able to hook the ball for a grand slam, even though the ball was on the outside corner. Marte needs to get his arm angle up. If the ball doesn’t have any dip to it, you can still get the barrel of the bat on it.

The perfect person to hit the first home run in the new Yankee stadium—besides Derek Jeter—was Jorge Posada, and he hit a solo home run to be the first. However, the problems the Yankees faced where leaving a lot of men on base and bad pitching by the bullpen.

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