The Yankees started off 2008 in a great way yesterday. Wang went seven innings of what we expect from Wang. Not to many K's, not to many BB's, and a lot of GB's. He matched Halladay inning for inning and beat one of the best pitchers in baseball. Joba came in during the 8th and was brilliant. He K'ed two, got another guy out on a grounder, and the one guy he let reach base was on a walk. After he struck out the last batter of the innning he went nuts. Rivera came in in the 9th for the save and was Rivera. He K'ed one and let nobody reach base. Since Rivera usually does poorly early on this is a good sign. Melky Cabrera bailed out Wang with two good plays in a row in center. He dived for a third but missed it turning a single into a double ironically. Also, is it just me or did Jeter look like he had slightly better range?
The offense was largely shut down by a great pitcher in Roy Halladay but managed to get enough to back Wang. Melky in particular had a great game. On top of his great defense he also hit a homer that ended up being the difference. The ball barely got over the fence but we`ll take it. A-Rod started off the year just like 2007. In the first inning he hit an RBI double that drove Abreu home from first. Damon also hit a triple but got stranded at third.
A perfect way to start the season. They didn't strand to many runners in scoring position (other than Damon) and the pitching was just brilliant. I`d love to see Wang get more K's but he`s still a good pitcher the way he is.