After a fairly atrocious start in which the Yankees were swept by the Rays in a three-game set in Tampa, they rebounded by returning the favor to Buck Showalter’s Orioles. With an even .500 record, New York returns to the Bronx for the 2012 home opener on Friday.
The usual pomp and circumstance will be on tap, and Jorge Posada will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound for the Bombers against the Angels’ Ervin Santana.
Albert Pujols will make his first visit to the new Yankee Stadium which should draw some attention. He played in the old stadium in 2003 and during the All-Star Game in 2008.
Overall the Yankees have righted the ship. They have had some excellent offensive production out of their lineup – Jeter leads the team with 10 hits and both Swisher and newcomer Raul Ibanez have 6 RBI. Ibanez has fit right in and shown himself to be a great addition. The problem has come with their AL-leading 55 runners left on base. That’s 11 more than the second-place LOB teams, Boston and Oakland. Timely hitting will need to happen if they want to lead the league.
New York’s staff ERA of 4.07 is nothing to write home about. They rank in the bottom third of the AL currently. If that doesn’t improve they will face a lot of problems, but for now, they’re getting by.
Ivan Nova has had the best start of the season, beating Baltimore and allowing just two runs over seven innings. He gave up 10 hits, but didn’t walk anyone and struck out 10. That was good enough for the win.
Mo blew game in a loss to Tampa, but has two saves to his credit. He should be ok in what will probably be his last season.
No one really panicked at the rough start – not Joe Girardi at least. The Yankees have 156 more games to prove themselves and when the dust settles, they should be atop the AL East.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits