Do you think the New York Yankees are in trouble?
Well, the Yankees are off to a horrid start to the 2012 season, as they got out pitched, out hit and out managed by the Tampa Bay Rays who swept the Bombers right out of Tropicana Field this past weekend.
Even though it is the beginning of the season, I was embarrassed for the Yankees, as it seems like the same old story from the end of 2011 to many men left on base, 26 in total.
Since there are 158 games left to play to say anyone is in trouble would be ridiculous but getting swept to start the season certainly doesn’t feel good.
Here are two things to ponder over in the wake of this semi-concern:
Righty or lefty bat didn’t matter, as the Rays scouting reports had an answer for almost every Yankee hitter as they kept hitting right into the shifts.
All I can say is that Joe Maddon’s moves from this past weekend were the most successful at stopping the Yankees from scoring runs.
I can promise you it is a blueprint that the other 28 managers in baseball will certainly get copies of even if it doesn’t work as well because it probably won’t.
The counter to this argument is that the Yankees could start hitting home-runs and unless Maddon hangs Rays players from the rafters at the Trop there is not shift that can block knocking it out of the park.
2) After the Yankees third loss, ESPN’s Buster Onley kindly tweeted the years of even worst starts in franchise history…. 1912 = 0-6; 1930 = 0-5; 1973 = 0-4.
Can you even imagine what the Stadium will be like this Friday if the Yankees arrive 0-6 to face the Angels in their home opener?
Pandemonium is the only word that comes to mind.
The last time I was in the Bronx was last season for ALDS Game 5 and it would be nice to not watch the Yankees strand anymore runners on base.
So, as a New Yorker the panic started to set in and so I started scouring baseball-reference.com to see the last time the Yankees started out 0-3, and I am talking in the past 20 years not any earlier.
And phew, lo and behold the Yankees started the 1998 season going 0-3. The Bombers were on the road losing two to the Angels and one to the Athletics. The team went on to win 114 games and the World Series…ahh dreaming of a repeat of 1998 does feel nice.
Still, history does not help the relieve the sting from the Rays sweeping, as they are AL East rivals and the Yankees looked awfully rusty. Also, the fact that the Red Sox are 0-3 as well brings me no comfort what-so-ever.
Whether the Yankees are in trouble is yet to be seen, but I can tell you the players are not going to want to come home any worse than 3-3.
Today the Bombers are in Baltimore to face the 3-0 Orioles in a three game set, and I hope the Yankees grab their brooms before arriving in Camden Yard.
For now, here are the stats from the first three games of 1998 and 2012 to mule over, but till the Yankees get a ‘W’ nothing is going to assure me that this team is not heading towards trouble.