By Tyler on April 7, 2014
The New York Yankees are now a week into the 2014 MLB season, and after getting out to a 4-3 start it is safe to say the team has been a moderate success. As one could expect, everything has not gone perfectly nor terribly, and it is safe to say that Joe Girardi has reason to be both optimistic and downtrodden. Keeping this in mind, here are five insane overreactions to the Yankees' first week of regular season games.
Mark Teixeira lasted only four games this season before getting injured, and he has now been placed on the 15-Day Disabled List with a strained right hamstring. After playing only 15 games in 2012 because of a serious wrist injury and 123 in 2012 because of various injuries, it is safe to say that Teixeira is quickly becoming broken material. At the age of 33, it is hard to imagine him ever playing a full season again.
The Yankees acquired Michael Pineda from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Jesus Montero, and both were utter failures prior to 2014. Pineda has now returned from a serious shoulder injury, and in his first start of the season he threw six innings, allowed five hits, one run and struck out five batters. Along the way Pineda displayed a low-90s fastball and sharp slider to ensure that the Yankees won the Pineda-Montero trade.
Through seven games the Yankees have stolen eight bases, which ties them for the MLB lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Brian Roberts and Ichiro Suzuki all looking like genuine candidates to steal at least 30 bases, there is no doubting the Yankees steal a lot of bases in 2014. Add in the that Joe Girardi loves to be aggressive on the base paths, and the Yankees will lead MLB in steals.
C.C. Sabathia struggled heavily in 2013, as he compiled a career-worst 4.78 ERA, which came in large part because he only averaged 91.1 MPH on his fastball. Through two starts this season, Sabathia has a 7.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and his fastball has only averaged 89.0 mph. At 33 years of age, Sabathia will likely never be a power pitcher again, and it looks like he will never again be an above average pitcher.
There are many people who decided to jump on the Masahiro Tanaka bandwagon before he played even one MLB game, and after seeing him pitch it is easy to see why. Tanaka struggled early on in his first game, but he recovered to throw seven innings, allow two earned runs, strikeout eight batters, walk none and pick up his first career MLB win. Tanaka may not always overpower batters, but I have jumped on his bandwagon to win the Cy Young Award.
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