After the Yankees went 24-9 during the Grapefruit League, the last thing they thought was they would be 1-4 to begin the 2017 season.
But, here we are.
In just five games, we’ve seen two poor starts from Masahiro Tanaka, one poor start from Michael Pineda, a good start from CC Sabathia, and the bullpen blowing back-to-back games against the Baltimore Orioles.
It’s safe to say things aren’t going the Yankees way. And as they prepare for the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, it’s clear the team as a whole is going through some growing pains. While the team is off to a slow start, some of the veterans have heeded Girardi’s message in being more aggressive.
Chase Headley, Matt Holliday, Jacoby Ellsbury, Starlin Castro and Brett Gardner are Yankees veterans putting up solid numbers in the last five games. But the other components on the team just haven’t been able to get the job done. If the Yankees get a lead, the pitching can’t hold it. If the pitchers pitch a good game, the offense can’t get going.
The Yankees have to find the perfect combination, and it has to be fast. The team got off to a slow start last season–the team was 9-17 to begin the season, but I don’t have to remind you if you were paying close attention to the Yankees last year. That was the main reason the Yankees failed to make it into the postseason, even after their impressive stretch following the trade deadline.
Sure, it’s only five games into the new season and the fans shouldn’t worry too much. But honestly, there should be some legitimate concern. The team is going to be without Sanchez for more than two weeks due to a bicep strain, and with the Baby Bombers struggling out of the gate, someone in the lineup has to step up.
I’m not saying the weight of the world should fall on one person’s shoulders, but someone has to get the Yankees going. Once one player gets going, the rest of the team should follow through.
Whatever is wrong with the rotation, the Yankees have to address it. Whatever is wrong with the bullpen, the Yankees have to fix it. And whatever is wrong with the offense, the Yankees have to adjust.
It’s hard to see the Yankees struggle early in the season. Especially since they had gotten off to such a dominant start in Spring Training. But there is still time for the Yankees to turn things around.
They have the talent to succeed. They just have to click and work together to take down the rest of their American League East opponents.