When the season first started for the New York Yankees, I must say that I was a bit concerned. When I watched the first game against the Boston Red Sox, it was as if I was watching an expansion team. They had guys starting such as Ben Francisco, Vernon Wells and Jayson Nix. It was defiantly not the kind of lineup that Yankees fans are used to seeing.
I thought that the first game could have gone either way. I did not think that the final score was going to be 8-2. The Yankees lost their second game, but I did not panic. I was not surprised that Andy Pettitte won the third game of the season. If I could pick anyone to be on the mound when the Yankees are slumping, it’s Andy.
The Yankees’ struggles continued against the Detroit Tigers in Michagan, where they lost the first two games of the series by a combined score of 16-4.
Since CC Sabathia’s strong outing on Sunday in which he pitched seven shutout innings, the Yankees have outscored their opponents 37-9. The hitting has stepped it up and I knew that it would not take very long for Robinson Cano to start hitting. The Yankees’ motto is very simple: Just get through April. If they can get through April, they should be okay.
The Yankees are expected to have Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira back in May. If the Yankees were able to score 14 runs the other night with players such as Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez in the starting lineup, I can’t wait to see what happens when the big guys come back.
A huge factor that will determine a role in the Yankees’ success will be the starting pitching. The guys I am most worried about are Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova. Hughes did tie Hiroki Kuroda last year for most wins with 16, but his 13 losses concerned me. Ivan Nova has been so bad lately that I am trying to figure out why Joe Girardi still has him in the rotation.
If the Yankees can continue to have strong hitting and the starting pitching holds up, they should be able to get through April. Things should be even better come May.