The last time that Roy Halladay pitched a game against the Yankees, in the Bronx, where he got the loss, was September 21, 2004. Since 2001, Halladay has made 11 starts at the Stadium and Toronto has won 8 of those 11 games.
In his career, Chien-Ming Wang has made 5 starts against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. He’s never gone less than 7 innings in any of those games – and he’s never allowed more than 3 earned runs in any of those outings. The Yankees have won 3 of those 5 games – and each of the two losses were by just one run.
So, what are the odds of tomorrow’s home opener being just like the one from 1998? Yeah, I doubt it too.
Actually, since this current Yankee Stadium opened in 1973, there have been probably just two games where the Yankees starting pitcher was lights-out in the home opener: Rick Rhoden in 1988 and Catfish Hunter in 1977.
Maybe Wang can make it three guys before they shut the door on this Stadium?