By Christopher Raimondi on April 10, 2014
The New York Yankees are off to a 4-5 start and are experimenting with many different tactics as far as the batting order and pitching roles are concerned. The team is enjoying production from players like Jacoby Ellsbury, Yangervis Solarte, Masahiro Tanaka and the captain Derek Jeter. However, the Yankees have a good amount of problems to work through early on. Here are five discomforting trends from the Bronx Bombers early in the season.
Yankees pitchers have allowed 12 home runs in nine games, which is the fourth-most in the league. Seven of the home runs came off of starters.
The Yankees’ bullpen is 0-1 with a 4.81 ERA in nine games. The relievers have allowed 22 hits in 24.1 innings pitched and have given up 13 runs. David Robertson is on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, and the lack of depth in the bullpen is blatant.
After signing two lefty power bats in Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann, the Yankees seemed to be primed for some high slugging percentages. However, the team only has five home runs thus far, three of which came off the bats of Kelly Johnson (two) and Brett Gardner (one).
Nearly every loss so far for the Yankees has been a product of digging an early hole. Yankee starters have given up a combined 32 hits, 20 earned runs and seven homers in the first two innings through nine games.
The Yankees have already lost starting first baseman Mark Teixeira and closer David Robertson both to the 15-day DL. Backup shortstop Brendan Ryan was injured before the season began and still has no timetable on a return. Injuries decimated the team last year, and 2014 is not off to a great start either.
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