- 4-2 on the opening road trip is not too shabby. The Easter game could have been a victory too. Now its on to the Bronx for rings and banners and all that good stuff.
- The other loss, on Friday to the Rays, was a bit troubling. Javier Vazquez’ last appearance with the Yankees was the disastrous Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. His work on Friday was not much better, and has put a lot of concern in the minds on the Yankee faithful. It is only one start, but it wasn’t the start he needed to engender confidence.
- Curtis Granderson is showing positive signs left and right. He has two big HR, including one off of Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the 10th inning. He has made some diving and leaping catches in the outfield. He has shown speed on the bases, which when combined with Gardner, gives the Yankees two burners in the bottom part of the lineup.
- Nick Johnson is batting a lowly .136 so far, which is troubling for a number 2 hitter. However, he has drawn a team high7 walks, which speaks to hit patience and his eye at the plate. He has had some hard hit balls which have found defenders, but I think he will also be a nice addition.
- Chan Ho Park looks like he might be an enigma. He appears in the first game of the season vs the Sox and promptly gives up the lead on a two-run bomb- Bad. Then he appears two games later and provides three scoreless innings of relief Good. then he provides these comments to the media : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GIEHPGj9sI– Weird.
- Robinson Cano may be someone to really watch out for this season. Thus far he is hitting .360 with 2HR, 6 RBI, 9 hits, and 5 runs. His move to the five-hole means that big things are expected from Cano, and he will be asked to drive in the table-setters at 1-4. His RISP numbers will need to improve from last year, and .333 with 3 RBI is a decent start so far.
- Mark Teixeira is starting slowly again, as seems to be the trend with him. He was mired in a career-long 0-17 slump to start a season before picking up 3 hits on Saturday. Again, it is early, and its worth remembering that he ended up leading the league in HR and RBI following a slow start in 2009.
- CC and AJ both had so-so first starts, and followed them up with excellent second outings. CC had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings on Saturday and AJ went seven strong yesterday after allowing two runs in the first. Pettitte went 6 in the 10-inning win against the Sox, and will start the home opener on Tuesday.
- Aside from the first game of the season, the bullpen has looked strong. With Joba, Robertson, Aceves, Marte, Mitre and Park, the Yankees have a good group of arms, mixing power with finesse. Mariano remains Mariano until further notice.
I am pleased with the start of the season, and look forward to some home games prior to the first West Coast trip next week.