Though the starting pitching was better last night it wasn't perfect. Too bad, because it needed to be perfect in order for the Yankees to win. It wasn't perfect and, as a result, the Yankees remain winless so far in this young season.
This young season reminds me of a few years ago when there was a huge problem regarding runners in scoring position (RISP). Last night's 0-10 RISP fail was especially frustrating, as it came against a Houston Astros team who, though expected to improve slightly, is expected to lose 100 games his year.
Hiroki Kuroda was the victim in all this, having pitched well (6.0 IP, 2R, 3H). Thinking about his outing reminds me of Ivan Nova, who will pitch in tonight's finale. Nova pitched three complete games last year, and in at least two of them the Yankees scored fewer than three runs.
Hopefully, he won't be subjected to this tonight. However, if the Yankees win, I'm sure that he--and everyone else involved--will be more than happy to live with it.