The Cubs aren’t the only team in crisis mode early in the season. The New York Yankees are panicky after getting hit with four losses right out of the gate – at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Lions no less! Oh, and to add injury to insult, they’ve got yet another man down. After a tight race with the Red Sox last year, Yankees fans were hoping to contend for that top spot in the AL East. But man, if that’s going to happen, the Yanks have some work to do.
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The Detroit Tigers are not good. But during their game in the Bronx on Wednesday, they brought the Yankees to their knees. New York set a franchise record (the bad kind) with an absurd 18 strikeouts. Ugh. Gary Sanchez committed his fourth error in five games. And the final out of the third inning came when Gleyber Torres hit a ball that somehow caught the foot of baserunner Aaron Judge as he ran from second to third. What the heck?! A record of 4-2 isn’t how fans envisioned this season beginning. Yet here we are…
So many injuries…
To make matters worse, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki came hobbling off the field in the fourth inning with a strained calf. And it’s definitely not going away quickly, because the Yanks just placed him on the 10-day injured list.
The thing is, Tulowitzki is just one of a nearly a dozen other Yankees players on that unfortunate list. It also includes their third baseman, centerfielder, and a DH. Injuries have been one of the key issues for New York in these first few games. Needless to say, their lineup and bullpen are both at half-mast right now. Things felt good during spring training, but what was expected to be a terrifying lineup isn’t nearly as intimidating anymore. Opening Day was the best this Yankees offense has looked.
The good news
So… any good news? Well, at least they’re trying to fill the gaps. To replace Tulowitzki, the Yankees have called up Thairo Estrada, the last infielder left on their 40-man roster. And on Thursday, they picked up right-handed pitcher Jake Barrett from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Oh, and after a 2018 season filled with injuries, heavy hitter Aaron Judge is healthy and off to the races. He’s sitting at .333 with an on-base percentage of .481. This Yankee’s star and potential MVP candidate is one very bright spot on this team. Even if he hasn’t found his “power stroke” yet in 2019, he’s getting on base. Everybody is looking forward to Judge hitting homers again. He hit 52 of ’em in 2017.
Judge still feels good about his team despite these losses, saying, “It sucks. It’s a tough one. But going through adversity like this makes a team stronger.”
Judge has also said he knows that those guys getting called up right now will step up for the team.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone isn’t deterred either, saying, “The major league season is a gauntlet filled with adverse situations all the time. They come in many shapes and sizes throughout the year, even in the best of seasons.” Despite all the criticism he’s facing from fans, Boone remains one seriously optimistic dude, saying, “I’ll hang my hat on our group and know we’ll fight our way through this and get it rolling.”
Yankees fans better hope so. Boone’s approval rating dropped by 28% this week.
Luckily, the Yankees’ schedule in April is an easy one. Well, minus those two games against the Astros and the Red Sox (who, to be fair, have actually had a rough start to the season themselves). The Yankees are playing the White Sox, Angels, Royals, Giants, and Diamondbacks. But hey, we would’ve said those early games against the Tigers and the Orioles should’ve been gimmes too! Either way, it might be a good time to catch the Yankees in action!
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