Brett Myers knows what he did wrong in the season opener (6 IP, 4 ER):
“I made three mistakes, and they didn’t miss them. Is it going to get better? Yeah. Am I going to make those mistakes again? Probably not that many in a game. Some of those mistakes they (usually) pop up, but in this case they didn’t.”
Opinion: It should get better for Myers, who did settle down after the first two innings and throw well. One reason: The curveball. He didn’t rely on it until after the home runs, and it was effective in getting hitters out. Instead Myers used his changeup, and in bad spots. The changeup is likely Myers’ worse pitch.
There’s more to be concerned about with the offense, who wasn’t quite in gear during spring training and almost always needs a few weeks to heat up. But early in the season it’s essential for pitching to light the way. Myers didn’t do it — “three mistakes” are probably three mistakes too many.