LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Off On The Wrong Foot Vs Orioles

Friday, April 6, 2018

Yankees Off On The Wrong Foot Vs Orioles

Dreams of a four game sweep against the Orioles have been dashed in the very first game of the series. Following the obligatory (seemingly with the Orioles in town) Aaron Judge home run, which gave the Yankees a 6th inning 1-0 lead, the roof caved in and the Orioles sent Masahiro Tanaka to the showers, and once again, the bullpen (Chad Green this time) made it worse as the O's put up a five spot in the 7th inning on their way to a 5-2 win. Tanaka went from an excellent start to a mediocre, but still okay start in that disaster of a 7th inning.

And the Yankees comeback fell way too short.  As various social media sites show, there are a lot of upset Yankees fans.

And there is snow in the forecast over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are off to a good start, and the Yankees visit Fenway following the possibly abbreviated home series with the Orioles. 

Things aren't going quite as planned with the Yankees, whose season record falls to 4-3. Batting averages through the first seven games tell more of the story: Gardner .172, Stanton .185,  Sanchez .077, Walker .250, Austin .188, Wade, .176 and Drury .238. Only Aaron Judge .280 and Didi Gregorius .391 are respectable.

Add that to the ERA of the bullpen which hovers well over six, and things look pretty glaring. But you know why? It's seven games into the season. It doesn't really matter. Any other seven game stretch going 4-3, say around mid season, nobody would notice such numbers.

There is opportunity ahead to right the ship. The numbers after seven games are not good but in three weeks do we really think they will resemble what we have seen so far? It's possible but highly unlikely. 

Better days are right around the corner. All we have to do is believe. 

Or, at least stop going on social media to complain about every little thing.

Lots of strikeouts for Giancarlo Stanton. After striking out five times in the home opener, he homered in his first at-bat the next day. But Stanton struck out the next three plate appearances going 1 for 9 in the series with eight strikeouts. Thursday against Baltimore Stanton fanned only once in four plate appearances but went 0-4 in the game.

The Yankees will start, weather permitting, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery the final three games against the Orioles in this weekend series. Weather permitting might be as much of the story for the remainder of the series than any slumps, Didi-type heroics or bullpen struggles.

As mentioned, the next road trip takes the Yankees into Boston for three games and a series in Detroit for the Yankees only visit to the motor city. If there is a place worse off than New York City for rough winter weather in this early spring, it is the Midwest, where Detroit is front and center for snow, sleet or a cold rain so far this April.

Should be an interesting week to ten days ahead. 

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