I went to Saturday’s loss against Baltimore. Phil Hughes gave up five runs, three on solo HRs, without getting an out in the 4th inning. The Yankees collected 11 hits but went just 1 for 9 with RISP and that made the difference in the 5-3 final.
The Bombers currently sit at 5-5 after snapping a four game winning streak. It has been, to say the least, a very interesting first 10 games of the season. The dropped the first two series against Boston and Detroit, winning the final game of each series.
They then went to Cleveland, outscoring them 25-7 before having both Wednesday and Thursday’s games postponed. Both games will be made up on Monday, May 13th in a day-night doubleheader at the end of the Colorado/Kansas City road-trip.
Back home against Baltimore on Friday, CC Sabathia was strong, finishing it off with one of the strangest players you’ll ever see: a 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play. The Yankees won the game on a bases clearing error by Orioles Gold Glove CF Adam Jones, who dropped a liner hit by Vernon Wells.
Going into the season, many “experts” completely wrote the Yankees off because of several injuries to the offense. What’s funny is the offense has been stellar. Vernon Wells, Kevin Youkilis, and Travis Hafner all have been outstanding so far, providing plenty of power. Robinson Cano is the best at his position in the game, so there’s that. Francisco Cervelli has been great as the starting catcher, providing a good bat as well as good enough defense.
What’s holding back the Yankees right now is the pitching. Besides Sabathia and Andy Pettitte (who was pre-cautiously scratched Sunday due to back spasms), it’s been horrible. Hiroki Kuroda has been meh in his first two starts but it’s probably due to being hit on his hand by a comebacker against Boston.
Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova have been brutal in three combined starts. David Phelps impressed Saturday in relief of Hughes, striking six and allowing just one hit in four pitched innings. Mariano and D-Robertson have been good in the few outings they’ve had.
What the Yankees need to build on from here is to get Jeter, Granderson, and Teixeira healthy and ready to go sometime in May or June and to find a way to get the back end of the rotation in order, whether it’s to get Hughes and Nova to pitch better or to replace them with Phelps and Michael Pineda, who may come back sometime in June or July.