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Aces are Wild?

By: Joel DiTata

4/9/2009


4.1 innings pitched, six earned runs, five walks, zero strikeouts, and $161 million for seven years.

3.2 innings pitched, seven earned runs, three walks, zero strikeouts.

Although it was just the first start of many for CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang, it certainly wasn’t the way either imagined starting off the 2009 season. From the start, both pitchers really struggled with there command and both found themselves struggling with base runners.

Sabathia threw two wild pitches in the first inning and ultimately never had control of his command. Adam Jones had a 3 for 3 day including a two-run triple in the third inning which was followed by a Nick Markakis sacrifice fly. Markakis added a two RBI single that was followed by an RBI groundout by Aubrey Huff. Sabathia was eventually pulled after surrendering a sixth run on a bases-loaded walk.

Chien-Ming Wang also struggled with his command. As a sinker-ball pitcher Wang needs to keep his pitches down, as he did the opposite. His sinker was belt-high all night long as the O’s continued to tee off on another Yankee starter. Wang’s night came to an end after Nick Markakis delivered a towering homerun into right field through the chilly April night.

This certainly isn’t what was expected of the Yankees this season, and hopefully won’t last this way for long. If the Yankees fail to win against the O’s on Thursday it will be the first time since 1998 the Yankees have started a season 0-3.

By the way – the Yankees finished that season 114-48, 22 games over the second place Red Sox, and swept the Padres in the 1998 World Series. 0-3 doesn’t sound too bad after all.


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