After a six-game West Coast swing where they finished 3-3, the Yankees will be headed to Baltimore with a 12–6 record. Some thoughts:
- Javier Vazquez is on the verge of big trouble. His performances have done nothing to allay the concerns of fans who still vividly remember his 2004 exit from the Bronx. His ERA is high, and he hasn’t won games. I am still on the side that thinks he needs time to readjust to the AL, but he risks losing the fans for good if he can’t start providing quality starts.
- At 12-6, the Yankees are still off to a solid start, but they cannot let up. With Tampa Bay charging out to a 14-5 record, the Yankees will have to keep their foot on the gas to keep the AL East lead within sight.
- Andy Pettitte has been excellent in the early going, and leads the team in ERA and Wins, and is second to CC in WHIP and Ks. As a #3, Pettitte is giving the Yankees all they could ask for.
- Phil Hughes is back to the exciting Phil Hughes who had everyone so worked up a few years ago. His no-hit bid against Oakland brought back memories of his no-hit bid against Texas, with the added bonus that he didn’t leave the game due to injury.
- Strong starts by Posada, Jeter, Gardner, and Cervelli are being tempered by the woeful batting of Teixiera and Nick Johnson.
- Robinson Cano has come storming out of the gate. If he keeps this up, this could be the year he takes the superstar leap.
Thats all for now. More after the Baltimore series.