It’s the first series of the season between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox and the excitement is in the air. The first game, on Friday, went into the 11th before the Sox ended up taking the game. Yesterday’s game was even worse when the Yankees gave up a six run lead and ended up losing 16-11. Today is the last game of the three game series and obviously, the Yankees need to win to avoid being swept. Pettite will be on the mound for the stripes.
The Yankees bounced back from one of the worst losses in history by beating the Indians 7-3 at the new stadium. The key play in the game was Jorge Posada’s homerun in the 7th inning. The ball was over the right field fence but the Indians’ manger argued that the ball had been interfered with by a fan which prevented his player from catching the ball. After reviewing the play, the homerun was kept and the Yankees went on to win the game. Today’s game versus the A’s has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
The loss to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday was one of the worst losses in Yankee history. In the top of the second inning, the Indians knocked around 14 runs in what lead to be a 22-4 rout of the Yankees. Both are records in Yankee Stadium, new or old. No team has knocked in 14 runs in one inning in over six years. Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang allowed over half of the runs scored in the second before he was pulled. The starter’s ERA is now over 34.
The first week of the regular season has provided much excitement. Texiera is in a slump but still blasted his first home run in the pinstripes. Sabathia had a shaky day on opening day but pulled it together for the second start. The Yankees in general are 3-3 with a game tonight in Tampa Bay against the Rays at 7:00 ET. The Yankees are currently fourth in the division, one game ahead of the Red Sox, but there is still a lot of season left. Alex Rodriguez also began his seasonal workouts in the minors today so be aware of him coming back in the near future.
Yesterday, the Yankees beat the Reds in the Grapefruit League 6-3. Once again, this is only pre-season so the win really means nothing, however, you can take many good things from this game. For example, Melky Cabrera batted in three RBI’s and has a .351 batting average for the pre-season. If his regular season average reflects anything close to this, it will obviously be his best season ever and would do wonders for the Bombers. Texiera is also having a great pre-season with his new team by batting well over .400. I’m praying that he continues to do this well in the regular season and dones’t seem to have this fear that all new Yankees seem to have when their first season with the Pinstripes starts.
The stat that I am most happy with is the pitching. I see Joba Chamberlain as a very shaky pitcher. He obviously has all the talent in the world yet his transition from the bullpen to the rotation last year wasn’t as smooth as most Yankees fans hoped for. This year wil hopefully be the year that he puts all the negative comments to rest and becomes another dominant pitcher in the rotation. So far this pre-season he is 4-0 and yesterday he went 5 1/3 innings with only two earned runs. He fanned six batters while walking three.
Today, C.C. Sabathia takes the mound versus the Indians in the new Yankee Stadium. This is the final game of the Grapefruit League and the final pre-season start for Sabathia before he takes the mound on opening day against the Orioles.
It is only seven days away until opening day, and, as usual, the Yankees are the team with the most buzz. Will our nearly $500 billion in spending this off-season pay off? Will A-Rod still be the usual, or will he be A-Fraud? Is Jeter getting old and will CC, Texiera, and Burnett live up to the hype? We are about to find out.
Today, the Yankees faced the Blue Jays in the Grapefruit League, which is just another word for pre-season. The aging Andy Pettite took the mound and personally, I worry about him and if he can hold up in the rotation. He calmed my doubts a little today because he went 6 and two-third innings with only one run earned. Mark Texiera, a key off-season acquisition, had two RBI’s as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 3-1. Like previously stated, this is only pre-season, it means nothing. However, it can be a nice indicator of what will happen in the season to come. The problem with our previous season was our pitching, or lack thereof. It is nice to see one of our pitchers who is not an ace, but one of rotational leaders in experience, have a great outing.
Tomorrow, the Yankees take on the Reds tomorrow at 1:05 ET, with Joba Chamberlain taking the mound for the pinstripes.