The first week of 2007 is completed. The record stands at 2 - 3 with one game PPD due to moronic MLB schedulers.
Here's what went right: The Yanks showed that they are never out of a game with this lineup. In 2 of their 3 losses they had a chance to tie or take the lead in innings 8 and 9. Both victories were successful come from behind campaigns as well. Meaning, when facing teams with questionable relief pitching, we will have more than enough opportunities to come away with a victory.
A-Rod and Cano getting off to a fast start. A-Rod with plenty of protection around him in the lineup has a legit shot at another MVP campaign (.381, 4HRs, 11 RBIs - best start to a season in his career.), clutch homer against the O's could prove to be a turning point for this guy's confidence. Cano just keeps hitting the ball where they ain't. No need for power, just wants to get on base - how refreshing.
The Bull Pen - 18 and a third of work giving up only 3 earned runs.
Here's what went wrong: Starting Pitching - to say that it sucked, and sucked bad in week 1 would not be understatement. As good as the relief has been, these guys have to be able to get in at minimum the 6th inning and possibly the 7th inning in terms of a days worth of work. The more we overwork the relief now, will be innings we can't go to them come October. In week 2 they need to get control of their location of pitches and show more endurance.
Giambi - I was thinking this would be the year he tries to boost his average by maybe going opposite field occasionally, no such luck thus far. Every swing is a pull, and every swing he's going for a homer leading to fly ball outs almost every single time - batting a meager .158.
Jeter - Poor defense and a bruised foot left him limping. This might turn out to be his worst season since becoming a "superstar".
Injuries - Damon and Matsui with bad wheels. Karstens and Wang no where to be found.
Cabrera - Not picking up where he left off from last season batting .118. Let's face it, he did not earn his spot on the roster this year and was more than outplayed by Kevin Reese, Kevin Thompson, and Jose Tabata (who is batting .668 right now down in Tampa) during Spring Training. Where are you Bernie Williams?
The Schedulers of MLB. The American League has a few teams with domes or retractable roofs in Toronto, Tampa, Seattle and Minnesota. There a few teams in warmer, or more southern places like Oakland, LA, Texas, and maybe even Baltimore. When that is available to you, why schedule games in the Bronx, Cleveland, and Detroit for the 1st week of April? It has made weather a pretty big story instead of the games themselves.
Final Grade for Week 1: C- (points off for Jeter's poor fielding, the starting pitching, and the three losses)
What's ahead for the coming week: A series with Minnesota and Oakland. Perhaps the warmer atmosphere will lead to longer innings this go around for our starters. This will be Kei Igawa's second, and likely last chance to show he's ready as a big league starter. If he bombs this time around he will be shifted for relief work or down to the farm to make room for Karstens or Hughes. Cabrera needs to prove he can get it back for this road trip or he'll be up for an early trade or a field trip to Scranton. Will A-Rod be able to continue his hot hitting in the dome?