Monday, April 19, 2010
Business as usual in the Bronx
So the Yankees got their world series rings today just before their home opener began, and then just got back to business with solo home runs from Derek Jeter and Nick Johnson and some timely hitting bringing them to a current 5-0 lead over the Angels in the bottom of the 6th.
The Yankees have looked loose and fairly smooth so far over the first week of the season. C.C. Sabathia followed up his ugly opening day start by bringing a no-hitter into the 8th inning on a hot-shot Rays team, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson have been swinging hot bats, and Nick Johnson has managed to not hurt himself licking a postage stamp or anything. Meanwhile Jeter and Rivera continue to be… well… Jeter and Rivera.
The Yankees first week has to be seen as a great beginning. They took two out of three both from their two huge division rivials (The Red Sox and Rays) after losing the first game of the series and on the road to boot. This is going to be a hell of a battle with these three teams as they are the cream of the crop of the entire Major Leagues. The only real concern for the Yankees (as previously stated) is age and injury and so far neither has looked to be an issue. Of course we are only a week into the 2010 season, but the rest of the AL East has to know they cannot let the Yankees get to a big lead early, or the rest of the season might be just the battle for the wild card.
I don’t think the bombers will just walk away with the Division… in fact I suspect the Rays might the best of the three teams (this is more of a gut feeling then a true decree) but the boys in pinstripes are the best suited to stand up to the three-way war that is coming. The Yankees right now are boring… boring in the fact there is no concern or controversy anywhere near the team right now. Will that last the entire season? It might.
So lean back Yankee fans, the ride will likely not get bumpy for a while. Things should start to get intense as the season goes on, but barring something unexpected, things should be hopping in the Bronx for a while.