LADY AT THE BAT: After A Disappointing Split, Yankees Prep For Home Opener

Monday, April 2, 2018

After A Disappointing Split, Yankees Prep For Home Opener

The Yankees have been known, in recent years, to start the season without a series win. They continued that tradition this past weekend in Toronto, where they split four games with the Blue Jays. Honestly, I was a bit happy for this split, considering how the Yankees have stumbled out of the gate for, really, the past six years. 

You certainly can't blame the starting pitching for the two losses. First there was Dellin Betances embarrassing himself, his team and all of Yankees Universe on Saturday, and then there was David Robertson yesterday. In fact, with the exception of Chad Green, the entire bullpen, thought by many to be the best in MLB, has been slow out of the gate:

Just brutal. 

Whose fault is it? Aaron Boone's?  Nope. Any other manager could have pressed the same buttons and gotten the same results. People are just looking for someone to blame for two tough losses.  If Adam Warren hadn't gotten smoked by that come-backer, he could have pitched multiple innings, and two innings of Betances would have been avoided. As for David Robertson, he is a veteran, who Boone has every right to consult before making a decision. D-Rob blew it. Plain and simple.

How about the offense? It hasn't been as explosive as it is expected to be but, of course, it's still very early. I'm pleasantly surprised at how both Brandon Drury and Neil Walker have performed so far. Brian Cashman looks like a genius once again. As for the big boppers, we won't have to wait for the moment "Giancarlo Stanton became a Yankee," will we? Good for him. He and Aaron Judge were pretty quiet the rest of the series, though, especially Judge, who after the opener, didn't get a hit again until his final at-bat yesterday. Judge did make that pinpoint throw to the plate, teaming up with Austin Romine to put out Russell Martin.

So, today we have the home opener. As I write this, here in the Bronx, it is snowing. The forecast calls for about 1-3 inches, stopping by mid-morning, and the rest of the day should be cold and windy, and partly sunny. They'd better get the game in, because rain is expected all day tomorrow, the designated off/makeup day. 

Jordan Montgomery will be on the mound for the Yankees. For the Tampa Bay Rays, it is their bullpen day. Bullpen day. I would say, "good luck with that," but we all know you can't predict baseball. 

Go Yankees.

Update:

Really, the weather won't be good until Thursday. It'll be tough to get any games in before then.

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