Pitching: Carl Pavano was OK all things considered. A rather Jeff Weaveresque performance. Looked good for 4 innings, and then 1 bad inning that was really bad. With that said, the first 4 he looked like an opening day strater - I believe he just got tired come the 5th inning - in his own words "today was a good starting point". A big positive was how the bullpen came in for 4 2/3 and was lights out - all 5 that came in relief did a great job (especially Bruney and Vizcaino).
Batting: There are 3 main points that are worth noting in this 1st victory of 2007.
- The return of small ball. Sacs and Bunts and Steals were welcome and proved to be effective
- The depth of the lineup. Due to the full lineup participation in working counts etc. the Bombers were able to get to the bullpen which proved to be the down fall of the D-Rays today. If you don't have a bullpen to get you through matchups, then chances are you're headed for a loss against the boys in pinstripes - a story that you will see play out maybe as much as 1/2 of the games this year
- Production - the beuty about the 9 runs today is that every single person that was penciled into the lineup added to the production - everyone made it on base on today. Further, they scored just about everyway you can score: HRs, hits, stolen bases, Sacs - they did it all today. Absent injuries, this team will break all run scoring records in 2007.
Opening day grade: B + (points taken off for errors by Jeter, A-Rod, and Phelps, and bad 5th inning for Pavano)