After 5 games of baseball, the Yankees sit with a record of 2-3. New York’s first five games have been interesting to say the least. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s gone on.
- Severe Power Outage – The New York Yankees, the Bronx Bombers, the team that has a reputation for hitting home-runs, has ZERO long-balls after 5 games. The Kansas City Royals are the only other team without a home-run. Four teams are currently tied for the league lead in home-runs with six: The White Sox, Mariners, Phillies, and Giants… One would think this team is bound to break out at some-point….
- Seriously Soriano?: If you didn’t know who Alfonso Soriano was before the season, you would think he had never previously picked up a bat in his life. In his 16 at-bats through 5 games, Soriano is hitless with 5 strikeouts. When he’s up to bat, he doesn’t even have a prayer.
- Say It Ain’t So Tex: Mark Teixeira played just 15 games last season, and it only took 3 plus games in 2014 for Teixeria to get hurt again. It happened during Friday night’s game against the Blue Jays in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Teixeira reached for a ground ball down the first base line.He strained his hamstring and he’s now out for a minimum of 2 weeks and probably much longer. Not having him in 2013 was a big reason why the Yankees missed the playoffs, and the fact he’s going to miss more time is not good at all.
- Robertson Can Close: David Robertson has filled in admirably in the closers role thus far. In his two 9th inning appearances, Robertson has not allowed a base runner and has recorded one save.
- CC Struggles Again On Opening Day: What else is new? CC Sabathia was once again dreadful on opening day, this time against the lowly Houston Astros. Sabathia gave up 6 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings of work. During CC’s 6 opening day starts with the team, the Yankees are now 1-5. In total, Sabathia is 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA on the seasons first day. Yet Joe Girardi continues to throw him out there.
- Tanaka and Pineda Impress: The two question marks in the starting rotation came out of the gate very strong this season. Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home-run to the first big-league batter he ever faced and allowed 3 runs over his first 2 innings. After that though, he settled down retiring 11 of the final 12 batters he faced as the Yankees won 7-3. As for Michael Pineda, he dazzled in his first start since September of 2011. Pineda pitched 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and striking out 5. His fastball even reached speeds of 95 MPH. You have no idea how big that is for him and the Yankees who could very well be in business with Pineda.
- Replay Not Working: I don’t know about you, but this instant replay thing has not looked good during the seasons first week. You had Bo Porter hold up the game for 2 minutes and 20 seconds while he challenged what the count was to Yangervis Solarte. Porter was just trying to buy more time for his reliever to get ready and in doing so, made a mockery out of the system. Then in today’s game against the Blue Jays, Toronto catcher Josh Thole was blocking the plate without the ball before Colby Rasmus’s throw eventually got to him in time to tag out Francisco Cervelli. According to the new rules, if the catcher doesn’t have the ball, you can’t block the plate. Not only that, but Cervelli’s foot actually slid under the tag of Thole. The umpires chose to review the play and Cervelli was still out. I thought instant replay was supposed to help the umpires get the calls right…Only 157 games to go…