Monday, April 7, 2014

New York Yankees notes as they head home finally

The New York Yankees opening road trip was pretty good.  It didn't start out too well with two

losses to open the season in Houston.  The Yankees then finished with three wins in four games

including winning two out of three in Toronto.  Mark Teixeira was hurt over this weekend which

wasn't a good thing but he will be on the 15 day DL and then they will see.  He doesn't seem to have

a bad hamstring strain.  The Yankees pitching overall has been great and their offense has struggled

especially with power.  I would expect the offense to pick it up especially at home. 

Jeter said he likes how they have been playing and that they have pitched well.  He said it is always good to go home especially after a win.  Sabathia was much better in his second start on Sunday.  His final line isn't real impressive but he mostly had good innings.  His only bad inning was his last in the sixth inning and he didn't get killed that inning.  Toronto found some holes otherwise it would of been a really good start.  CC said "It felt pretty good, I'd take two pitches back in the sixth inning.  the cutter that Navarro  hit four a double and the ball Kratz hit down the line but other than that , I felt I pitched pretty good." 

The Yankees hit their first homerun on Sunday.  It came from an unlikely source in Brett Gardner.  I would expect that number to go way up after a nine game home stand.  The Yankees will play three against the Baltimore Orioles, four against the Boston Red Sox and then two against the Chicago Cubs.  In the American League right now only the Kansas City Royals have a lower slugging percentage than the Yankees.  They also have one of the lowest scoring teams in the league which you would expect right now.  I don't think that will be the case at the end of the year though.  The Yankees are a lot different than last year.  They have some big time players and power in their lineup this season. 

Alfonso Soriano snapped a 17 game hitless streak on Sunday.  He has always been a streaky hitter and I would expect him to get it going at home over the next nine games.  It looks like Adam Warren may be emerging as the early seventh inning guy.  He has been pitching really well also after having a good spring. 

Jeter passed Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list Sunday.  He is now eighth all-time and has 99 hits to go to get to Carl Yastrzemski.  Sabathia made his 400th career start and is now 7-1 career at Rogers Centre and 15-4 all-time against the Blue Jays.  August 7th of last year was the last time he didn't walk anyone.  Sabathia said "This is the key to our team, pitching, and trying to give the bullpen as much rest as we can.  So try to go deep into games and keep those guys fresh.  We have a really good staff, and we just want to try to keep it up."

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