I know it’s only Spring Training, and these games don’t count for diddly-squat.
But is anyone else feeling somewhat optimistic about the New York Yankees after they won their sixth straight Spring Training game, this time against the Baltimore Orioles?
I mean, the starting rotation competition is everything a fan could have dreamed of. Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Adam Warren and Chad Green are making it a difficult decision for Joe Girardi. It’s almost a shame that the losers are going to the bullpen because with the way they’ve been pitching, they all deserve a spot in the starting rotation.
Then there’s the kids. Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar continue to remind Yankees fans what the future will look like. Bird looks as if the shoulder isn’t bothering him, Sanchez still has a cannon for an arm and Judge seems to have cut back on the strikeouts. Watching them play gives you a sense of excitement. It’s not hard to believe that in a few years the Yankees could have a legitimate World Series contending team.
Of course, we can’t forget the veterans. Matt Holliday has turned out to be a very good signing–as long as he can stay healthy, Jacoby Ellsbury has come to camp with something to prove, Didi Gregorius looked very good in the few short games he was at camp, and Brett Gardner is quietly having a good Spring.
The Yankees nowadays are bringing back the buzz that was missing during the Yankees postseason-less drought. But this year the Yankees hope they can finally end their drought and make a long postseason run.
Before camp began, I was skeptical that a postseason run could happen. But if the veterans and kids click together and become a 25-man wrecking crew, the American League East might have to watch their backs.
The Yankees are coming, and this time it doesn’t appear as if they’re going away.