Opening Day APRIL FOOLS?!?
Unfortunately that answer is no, as the 2014 New York Yankees were not playing a joke on fans at all.
As the Opening Day, 2-6, loss to the Houston Astros was real, did happen and it counts.
In Sabathia’s defense, he did settle after the two-inning disaster by throwing four scoreless innings but it was to little to late.
But the Yankees bats offered zero help, as they made Astros starter Scott Feldman look like a CY Young contender by allowing two singles, two walks and three strikeouts over just shy of seven innings.
This outing by Sabathia should not shock fans at all, as his Opening Day stats since coming to New York in 2009 all stink.
Honestly, if I was to look at these stats blindly and someone told me they belonged to Sabathia; I would call them a liar.
(All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)CC Sabathia - Yankees Opening Day Career Game Log
It is no big secret that Father Time struck Sabathia’s velocity last season, but he is too talented a pitcher to think that he is doomed in 2014.
Truth-be-told, this morning, I told my father that I was regretting predicting a 6-1 Yankees win for last night’s game.
I realized that I had based the outcome on the opponent being the Astros, not the realization that the Yankees have won the Opening Day game only once since Sabathia has been named the official starter.
So, I see this loss as a positive and normal start to a season for the Yankees.
Bottom line is that any baseball fan, subjected to watching the Astros beat-up on their team is going to feel pretty nausea afterwards.
But a real April Fools would have been the Yankees winning, and Sabathia throwing a one-hit, shutout.