Coming off a six-game road trip that felt a heck of a lot longer, the Yankees are finally back home.
Realistically, it is precarious to make any conclusions based off the first week of any baseball season, but too much happened in Yankees Universe not to throw caution to the wind this time.
I mean after last season it is tough to not be on edge. I guess it is true that like the players, the fans have to settle in too.
For Yankees fans that entails adjusting to a lot of new faces, while at the same time trying to come to grips with saying goodbye to the Captain.
Admittedly, I was jumpy watching these six games, but this group breeds the confidence that I so missed in 2013.
So yes…. I am guilty of reading way too much into the first of many two, three-game sets the Yankees will play on the road during the 2014 season.
And so I am sharing my ridiculousness with you.
- The stellar starting performances by Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda against the Blue Jays tough line-up makes it impossible for any Yankees fan not to be elated about these two 25-year old’s. Tanaka’s outing was jumpy for in the first two innings, but you can’t really blame him. The Japanese phenom settled in after giving up two earned runs, as he struck out eight in seven innings pitched; and earned his first win with some help from the offense. Pineda dazzled over six innings, giving up 5 hits, one run with five strikeouts. Unfortunately, ex-Met R.A. Dickey’s knuckle-ball was on and he blanked the Yankees offense all afternoon. Has the New York Prince I have predicted finally arrived?
- Yangervis Solarte is batting .471, with five RBIs, and some were mad about him taking Eduardo Nunez’s spot. He is Puig without the attitude.
- Jacoby Ellsbury might not be as fragile as Mark Teixeira, who is on the 15-DL with a right hamstring pull. Well, maybe Tex can stay out until June 1, as he can’t hit a tennis ball until then anyway.
- On Sunday afternoon, Derek Jeter passed Paul Molitor with his 3,320th career hit; and is now in eighth place on MLB’s all-time time hit list.
- The bullpen is way better than initially believed. But David Robertson has to throw more efficiently, so his pitch count stays down. He was back to his old Houdini tricks again yesterday in Toronto, putting runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. D-Rob got to close for my comfort, as if the Yankees had lost, I might not be writing any this. Actually, I know I wouldn’t.
- The new instant replay could make a Yankees vs. Red Sox game into a 5 to 6 hour affair.
- This 2014 Yankees team can go all the way this season; mark my words.
Can you believe all my nonsense, and the Yankees haven’t even opened the 2014 at home yet?
Well that event will happen this afternoon, as skipper Buck Schowalter and his Baltimore Orioles are in the Bronx for three games.
Buck’s Birds will be directly followed by the Red Sox arrival for four…and that will make 13-games in row, a good test for the 2014 Yankees to start with.
And one this team will pass with flying colors.
3 W’s – 3 L’s and 156 left to play….before the postseason. Sooooo close you can almost touch it..right?
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