Hiroki Kuroda has been the best starting pitcher for the New York Yankees so far this season, and he was on his game again on Tuesday night in Denver. He pitched seven strong innings against the Colorado Rockies with a two-run home run by Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth inning being the one blemish. With the loss, Kuroda’s record drops to 4-2 on the season.
The Yankees’ offense managed just four hits against Jorge De La Rosa and three relievers, with light hitting infielder Jayson Nix accounting for two of those. One look at this lineup that is littered with names like Nix, Chris Stewart and Chris Nelson, and you get the feeling that the injuries that have ravaged the team will finally catch up with them.
That becomes even more apparent when you take a look at the schedule. Tuesday’s game starts a seven-day road trip that will feature eight games, including a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians on May 13, a day that was initially an off day.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any immediate help on the horizon. Alex Rodriguez may be out for the season, Derek Jeter is out until after the All-Star break, Mark Teixeira is still probably a month away and Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis will probably be out for two more weeks.
If the Yankees can somehow manage to play .500 ball the next two weeks, I think they would be very happy with that. They would still be in the hunt for the top spot in the American League East and their lineup will finally start to look like a Yankees lineup should.