Friday, April 4, 2014

Yankees Avoid Sweep in Houston

The Good

The Yankees won their first game of the season, with a gritty effort from Nova, and some production at the bottom of our lineup.  Nova didn't have his best stuff, but he managed to go 5.2 innings and allow 2 runs.  He worked in and out of trouble, and induced 4 double plays to help work out of jams.  Not the best start for him, but not bad for a day where he didn't have his best stuff.

Solarte and Ichiro provided most of the Yankees hits yesterday, with Ichiro going 2-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, and Solarte going 3-3 with a double, 2 runs scored and an RBI.

Also good, the bullpen looks solid!

The Bad

The heart of our lineup, a list that includes Beltran, Teixeira, Soriano, Cervelli, and Roberts, combined to go 0-18 with one walk between them.  This offense really needs to wake up!

The Ugly

I know he's not the player he used to be, but after watching Ichiro yesterday I feel bad about his reduced role.  With Beltran, Gardner, Ellsbury, and Soriano playing the outfield and covering the DH spot, Ichiro has a role that is far more reduced than someone with his talent and experience should be.  If history is an indicator, he'll be sliding in to fill Ellsbury's spot any moment now, but if not, I hope the Yankees trade him.

Still Don't Nothing Move but the Money

Unless you're the Children's Health Fund and are relying on Yankee homeruns for donations to move into your account.  Still no homeruns out of the Bronx bombers, however, they did hit two doubles which means that they're starting to get the ball out of the infield.  That can only be a positive sign.

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