And we’re back, after a relatively uneventful off-season (in Yankees’ terms). And what happened on Opening Day? The Yankees LOST?! to Tampa with Mo on the mound. How improbable? Not really.
The Bombers are old – relatively speaking of course. According to ESPN, the Yankees are the grampies of baseball, averaging out at 31.1 years for their roster. They are followed, interestingly enough, by the Phillies and Angels (30.5 and 30.4, respectively). So what does this mean, other than in baseball 30 is the old 30? It will take them a while to get going.
Mo is 42. This is pretty much his last season. He sees that he’s lost just a touch, and really, that’s ok. I would take Rivera minus a touch over any other closer in the league. He won’t be perfect, though.
As for the rest of the lineup, it’s pretty much the same with the exception of Raul Ibanez who was added over the winter and who had 4 RBI in his Bombers debut yesterday, including a three-run dinger.
The Yankees picked up Kuroda who starts Game 2 of the season and Miguel/Michael Pineda who landed on the 15-day DL after an atrocious spring training outing against the Phillies on March 30.
Will they be ok? Yes, I think so. They lost to Tampa – a very good team at home. They will recover. Don’t panic. And as Mo said, “Thank God it was only one game.” Indeed, Mariano.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits