Not breaking news: it’s basically going to be a cold April for Yankee games this year apparently. So the Yankees flew to Detroit to visit the Tigers for their first homestand of the season. And while it certainly couldn’t compete with the Yankees’ Opening Day, Detroit’s Opening Day was still chilly — a crisp 38° this afternoon, with some cloudy skies above.
Luis Severino got his first start of 2016 for the Yankees and really got a tough deal today. In just 5 innings, he threw 95 pitches, gave up 10 hits, no walks, and 3 runs, striking out 5 Detroit batters. In the 1st, his lead-off batter scored on a 1-out double to give the Tigers an early lead. Then while cruising a bit through the next couple innings, Severino loaded up the bases with consecutive 1-out singles, and then gave up a run on another single and yet another run on a force ground out. Not exactly his cleanest inning, but to be fair, the Tigers do have some pretty strong power-hitters in their lineup (most of whom did the damage today).
Johnny Barbato came on for the 6th inning and kept the Tigers from advancing with 2 solid strikeouts. Luis Cessa made his MLB debut in the 7th and 8th innings against the team he used to play for in the minor leagues, and with a single exception, really showed why he deserved to make the 25-man roster with 2 rather solid innings and his own 2 strikeouts. That lone exception was a 1-out solo home run to one of those Tigers’ power-hitter (well, rather the Tigers’ power-hitter).
The Yankees’ offense was oddly quiet today. The Tigers’ starter threw 100 pitches to Yankees’ batters and only gave up 2 hits and 3 walks without allowing a single run. The Yankees also faced a former teammate in the 8th inning who continued his new team’s momentum of not allowing a Yankee to cross home plate, something the final pitcher also carried through in the 9th inning.
Yes, the Yankees got totally shut out of today’s game.
Final score: 4-0 Tigers.
As of this game, no Yankees’ starter has gone a full 6 innings. The Yankees are one of 3 teams to have truncated starters this season (the other 2 are the Indians and Marlins). Not exactly a great way to start the weekend, but this is where we rely on that old adage that gives us hope: “it’s a long season”.