With the off day today, I thought I would take time to reflect on the Yankees as they prepare for a three game series where the Boston Red Sox come to town.
— After coming off another bad start where Nuno gave up multiple home runs (again), he’s going to face the Boston Red Sox who have dangerous home run power with Mike Napoli and David Ortiz in their lineup. With the Yankees in a close AL East race, every game is precious and I don’t believe fans are comfortable with Nuno on the mound in this particular situation. Joe Girardi did say the Yankees were going to stay on rotation “for now” which probably means they’re anticipating CC Sabathia to return very soon, but in the meantime, Nuno has to step up and give the Yankees great outings. He can’t have sub-par outings where he’s running from the game in the fourth inning due to giving up three or more home runs.
–Masahiro Tanaka lost his last time out, but it surely wasn’t his fault; the Yankees offense just wasn’t there. Tanaka has yet to have a bad outing and the one “bad outing” he did have was against the Cubs where he only gave up four runs. If that’s Tanaka when he’s “bad”, then he could pretty much be the real deal.
— The Yankees offense has been inconsistent; for a few games they’ll string together a bunch of runs and then for a few games they’ll struggle scoring runs. They have to find a way to have consistently good at-bats; the players on the team have to start hitting to the back of their baseball cards. That’s why the Yankees signed some of them in the first place.
— The Yankees biggest strength this season has been the bullpen, which was a huge question mark coming into the season. With the shutout outings from Dellin Betances, the almost automatic David Robertson and the solid outings from Shawn Kelley, Adam Warren and Matt Thornton, the Yankees have a chance to have the bullpen as a whole close games against a potent Red Sox lineup.