Gerrit Cole is one of the best pitchers in baseball, and he’s going to have a great season. Having said that, he needs to cut down on how many home run balls he gives up. The slider he threw to Teoscar Hernandez on Monday was a big mistake and Cole knew it. Yankees lose by a run, but that pitch was a big reason why the Yankees dropped the opener.  But you can go 0-9 with runners in scoring position, and expect to win. And that is what has plagued the Yankees in recent seasons. In the above segment we dissect Opening Day and what the future holds for the Bronx Bombers:

  • This Yankees same old problem reared it's ugly head in the 9th and 10th innings when DJ LeMahieu could not get a hit with a runner on the third with less than two outs and then Judge struck out. And then in the extra frame, with the runner on 2nd to start inning rule still in place Hicks, Stanton and Torres all went down on strikes.
  • The bullpen held up great however. Chad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga, Darren O' Day and even Nick Nelson pitched well. Nelson got the loss but allowed just one hit (a double with the extra inning runner on 2nd) and struck out 3.
  • Sanchez hit a home run. Could this be the beginning of a better season? We can only hope.
  • It was nice to see fans at the Stadium though. There were close to 11,000 fans and you could feel the impact.