Don't make the mistake and be mesmorized by "name recognition". Those "names" seem impressive, but unless Kuroda can move beyond the "one good game, one bad game", unless Pineda can add a couple of mph to his fastball, unless CC can truly get back to his mid-2011 form, this could be a long season---
-- and it could finally determine Girardi's near term job security. At some point guys like Warren and Mitchell should be given the chance.. and Yankee brass need need to determine why Betances and Banuelos are going backward not forward at the AAA level.
...and for Gawd's sake, get Jones out of there and bring up Wise.
It amazes me that some teams have excellent starting pitching. And the Yankees almost always have an excellent bullpen but the starting staff is usually so-so.
I was hoping that Rothschild would be the Yankee version of miracle worker Dave Duncan. I actually thought he could turn Hughes into a decent starter. Maybe he still can given time?
Guess that's why I was all for improving the staff with Pineda or Felix or Ubaldo Jimenez or Gio Gonzalez or even Johan. Cliches like one could never have too much pitching ring true.
The bright side for me so far are Soriano and Logan. And of the other players Jeets, Teixiera (who seems to be making an effort to make contact and not just swinging for the fences) and Ibanez.
Is that like, Irish baseball?
Everyone who makes an out has to down a Guinness? The Red Sox might be good at that. Maybe they should relocate to Dublin.
Meanwhile, it is, as rightly aforesaid in the thread, April. I'd actually be more concerned if they looked amazing out of the gate. Few teams carry April momentum forward til September.
WOWOWOWOWOW YOU'RE SOOOOOOOO RIGHT!
AFTER 3 STARTS KURODA IS NOOOOOOT WORTH $10 MILLION!
Good thing he gets to make like 29 more starts to earn his money, huh?
"Personally, I am on the edge of my chair already in anticipation of the Battle of the Titans this evening. Hughes vs. Schwarzak!"
LOL. Wonder how much runs the Yankees will be down by before the 3rd inning and have to play catchup yet again with this offense and its approach to hitting a baseball. HR's or bust more often than not.
Oh stop being a drama queen troll.
Nothing you've said there is true. These things do turnaround in an heartbeat. The pitching will be completely fine. The hitting will come.
There's more than a few slow starters on the team. When the Yankees are firmly at the top of the division in June, you'll be eating crow while watching your Mets lose their 10th in a row.
>Everyone who makes an out has to down a Guinness?
Sounds like a win win to me. Good game to think of Owl.
Of course the games in April count, but even the best teams are going to lose 50 to 60 games in a year no matter what, so we can't get too bent out of shape over a few losses. The point is not to win every game now (perhaps at the risk of losing a player for the year) but to run the team in a manner that most likely guarantees (1) winning at least 90-100 games by the end of September, and (2) having the team playing its best ball of the year, and being healthiest, in the last 2-3 weeks of September and going into the playoffs.
Whether we like it or not, in this baseball world of relative parity, any team or manager who plays "win at all costs" baseball in April or May is likely to find itself/himself unable to meet those season-long goals, and the losses in October will be just as costly if not more so than the losses in April or May.
Do you expect the Yankees (or any team for that matter) to avoid a 6-6 stretch completely? I don't. It just so happens that this stretch came at the beginning of the year, so its magnified. If it came in June or July would you give it a second thought?
The idea that we can make an accurate assessment of ANY of these starters based on 2 or 3 starts is absurd. I don't see how anyone can do so and call themselves a knowledgable fan of the sport. Its such a long season and so much can and will happen.
>Little too early to make any kind of judgments.
If the Yankees lose tonight, is it still too early to make judgments? Just curious since I want to beat the rest of the board to declaring the season over but do not want to seem too over eager in doing so,
Nothing you've said is accurate. You are just being a drama queen. It's not the first season you've trolled these boards, so you know fine well -- as cleanup rightly says -- the Yankees rarely ever start the season like a bulldozer.
There's no reason to think this season is any different. The pitching will be fixed. The hitting will come.
Being .500 is ok in April. They'll tear up the joint as the season goes on. Happens every year. They will make the playoffs. And hopefully they are hot and have luck in the playoffs.
There's no real reason to be concerned. It's not like they just sent down a reliever for having one of the worst outings in history. As long as the team stays relatively healthy they will be fine.
What do you think of the Angels rotation? Pretty decent right? But the Angels have started the season 4-8.
How about the Phillies rotation? Lots of stars in that one too, but they are 5-7 so far.