The New York Yankees start their 2014 season tonight against the Houston Astros...how did they get so lucky!? Last season the Astros finished with a league worst 51-111 record, and it doesn't seem like this team is going to be much better this season.





A lineup of Dexter Fowler, Robbie Grossman, Jason Castro, Jose Altuve, Chris Carter, Marc Krauss, Matt Dominguez, Alex Presley, and Jonathan Villar does not scare anyone (mostly because nobody has heard of half these guys) especially CC Sabathia.

Only Carter and Fowler have faced Sabathia before in their careers and they are just a combined 1-7 off the left hander.

Yes last season we saw Sabathia regress as the 33 year old posted a 4.78 ERA and 13 loses both career worsts. He also only struck out 175 batters, his lowest total since 2006.

However this spring training Sabathia proved he was ready to turn things around. Sabathia looked thinned out as he worked hard to lose weight during the offseason and it payed off on the mound. In 5 spring training starts, Sabathia went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA, giving up just 13 hits and 3 runs in 21 innings pitched. He finished spring training with 16 straight scoreless innings.

Over the last 3 years, Sabathia has been a great April pitcher, going 9-3 over 16 starts with a 3.36 ERA.

Sabathia will face off with Scott Feldman who will get the opening day start for the Astros. Feldman started 30 games last season, 15 with the Orioles and 15 with the Cubs, going a combined 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA. However with the Orioles, pitching in a tough AL East, Feldman's ERA was 4.27.

I would say Feldman will have a much tougher time pitching to a lineup of Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner, Kelly Johnson, and Brian Roberts.