What have we learned after a little less than one week into the season?
That it isn't enough time to judge whether a team will be a boom or a bust, and performances in the opening series -- good or bad -- probably tell us very little about how a season is going to go for most teams. But here are some observations about the Yankees. Yes, I know, It’s only 4 games…
A four-game series split with the Blue Jays to open the season didn't reveal much about how the Yanks' season will go, but it gives us something to talk about. Manager Aaron Boone had his first controversy when his decision to intentionally walk Josh Donaldson backfired, and Aaron Judge also gained some attention simply by not hitting enough. The presumption is that over the course of the season, Boone will make sound decisions, and Judge will hit, a lot.
New manager Boone has some lessons to take away from his first real games in the dugout. I’m still scratching my head wondering why in the 3rd game of the season Boone, decided he didn’t want Bret Gardner to play 4 days in a row on turf. Really?? 3 games in??
Then there is the Rock Star bullpen, that hasn’t shown much. Here are the combined bullpen numbers through four games: 13.1 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 5 BB, 18 K, 4 HR. Yikes. Only three relievers in the eight-man bullpen have yet to be charged with a run: Chad Green (still awesome), Jonathan Holder (allowed an inherited runner to score), and Chasen Shreve (hasn’t pitched yet). David Robertson has already allowed as many runs this year (four in two innings) as he did with the Yankees after the trade last year (four in 35 innings). Not great. David Robertson is an unbelievably talented reliever, but even he can have on bad inning, and as we saw Sunday, his bad inning cost the Yankees a win.
Oh and there’s Dellin Betances who looks just like he looked at the end of last season. Not so good.
It’s not all bad news of course. We got excellent starts from Severino and Tanaka, and there’s Brandon Drury who is off to a nice little start, eh? He’s gone 5-for-13 (.385) with three walks and 2 strikeouts in the four games, plus he’s had a couple big two-out hits. There was the homer against Marcus Stroman of course, and before that he banged an opposite field double against Aaron Sanchez that was this close to being a three-run homer.
Ok, we’ve been snowed out and it’s supposed to rain today. Lets hope they get this one in as it’s opening day at the Stadium. Yes, I know, It’s only 4 games…
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