The Yankees have played seven games and have won only three of them, but with a little luck could have won five.
What’s gone right? What’s gone wrong?
What’s gone right?
Aaron Judge appears to be improving right before our eyes. Much as Didi Gregorious showed steady and noticeable improvement after his first 100 or so games with the Yankees, Judge appears to be making all of the right adjustments. Not only has he cut back on his strikeouts (so far), but he is punishing the ball when he makes contact – having hit 4 of the 9 hardest balls in MLB this season. He has two homers, 4 RBI, and is batting a respectable .261 – and playing great defense. Stay healthy, your honor.
Chase Headley is off to a hot start. Last season, Headley, despite making $13,000,000 per season, could not buy a hit. This season he is 9-for-24 (.375), with 5 walks (.483 OBP), 2 homers, and he has played well at 3B.
Jacoby Ellsbury also seems to have gotten off to a positive start. With 8 hits in his first 23 at bats, including a homer, Ellsbury seems to be thriving in the five hole. He has only stolen one bag, and that is sure to improve. Gardner also has 8 hits in seven games, and has swiped five bags.
Ronald Torreyes is on pace for nearly 200 RBI. Filling in for popular Didi Gregorious was sure to be a tough task, but Ronald has risen to the challenge. Though he has yet to draw a walk, despite having a strike zone the size of a cell phone, he has gone 6-for-24 with a homer, a triple, and 8 RBI. He has also looked solid on defense.
Honorable mentions to Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks who have all played well.
What has gone wrong?
Masahiro Tanaka has been terrible. After two starts, he is still sporting a double-digit ERA, and though he is likely to straighten things out, his sub-par performance has essentially cost the Yankees two games. His arm looks healthy and strong, but his command has been off.
The rest of the starting rotation has been so-so. Severino had four good innings before being beaten with a Machado longball. Sabathia looked great in his first outing, but struggled through a second outing in which the Yankees eventually won. Pineda had a terrible first start, and absolutely dominated in his second outing.
Injuries and illness. Gary Sanchez is out for a month, and will return around the same time as Didi Gregorious. Greg Bird fouled a ball off of his foot which cost him two games, before missing another two due to the flu.
Honorable mention to the bullpen which blew leads of 5-4 on consecutive nights.