The New York Yankees finally got their first win, down in Baltimore beating the Orioles 6-2.
No doubt that a win was needed because New York fans had hit panic, yesterday.
Even my doorman, who never fails to have the Yankee game on the radio, said he could not listen after this past weekend.
Well, now that those three long, losing days are history Yankee fans will sleep well tonight but before I do I have to tell you the good, the bad and the ugly.
Nova threw seven solid innings, giving up two runs, striking out seven and walking none. As the game went on, Nova got better and looked like his old self again. His breaking ball was so nasty, and I believe Nova will only get better as the season goes on.
2) Derek Jeter is playing like it is 1998, and that is totally fine by me.
Jeter went 4-4, scored in the first inning off Mark Teixeira’s single, and had a run-scoring double in the fourth inning. And I must say, the Captain looked as good as ever.
Just in case you hadn’t heard this fact from a Yankee fan yet, 1998 was the last time the Yankees started a season 0-3 but went on to win the World Series.
3) David Robertson is insane, as he loves to stir up trouble but never seems to get caught.
After striking out two Orioles, Robertson gave up two hits and looked like he was about to walk a third to the load the bases but in true Houdini form came back from a 2-0 count and struck him out.
I really like Joe Girardi, always have but he has managed to make me question his moves more in the last four days than in the last four years.
Specifically, why is he resting guys in the first four games of the season?
I get that Girardi wants to keep the players healthy but he is acting like Jeter and A-rod are coming to the ballpark in wheelchairs or something. They are 37 and 36-years old respectively, but is that really that old?
I was stunned last night when Girardi decided to DH A-rod after Nunez’s costly error on Saturday night.
Also considering the team was coming into Baltimore 0-3, you would think Girardi would put his best options on the field. And hello… where was Eric Chavez?
Girardi is acting way over-protective so unless he knows something we don’t and it continually costs the team wins; Yankee fans are going to call for his head.
I mean what good is a healthy team in October if they aren’t playing in it?
The skipper is giving over-managing a whole new meaning.
The Yankees cannot stop stranding base runners, as they left 10 guys hanging out to dry again.
That is 36 in four games, and at this rate the Yankees are on pace to leave 1400+ on base for the season.
Look I know the probability of that number is ridiculous but it is so frustrating to watch and this problem has lingered since end of last season.
Fact is when the Yankees face better pitching like they did in Tampa; they will lose if they keep stranding guys.
This number has to improve because over the next four weeks the Yankees have series against the Angels, Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers and Rays, who all will exploit this problem.