Even though the Yankees went 4-3 last week, it seemed like everything went wrong. They lost their home opener thanks to a bullpen implosion, then suffered a historically bad loss two days later when Chien-Ming Wang continued to struggle.
Struggle is probably going a little easy on the Wanger, whose pitches have lacked their usual bite and are being left up in the zone. He was so bad in his second start of the year that Nick Swisher was forced to take the mound. The team is likely to skip Wang’s next scheduled start thanks to Thursday’s off-day, hoping the extra time off will help fix whatever is broken.
The New Stadium opened with an offensive bang, although that shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Even worse is that the expensive seats are practically empty, and that’s pretty embarrassing to be quite honest. At least the team managed to win a game started by old mate Carl Pavano. Xavier Nady’s season looks to be over thanks to an elbow injury, knocking a huge hole in the team’s offensive and outfield depth. I suppose there’s still a chance he won’t be out that long, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
It wasn’t all bad news though. AJ Burnett took a no-hitter into the 7th inning against the defending AL Champs, and Derek Jeter came through in the clutch for a win the next night. Jeter came through big time later in the week, helping the club to their first win in the New Stadium. Alex Rodriguez is getting ever closer to returning, while a cortisone shot seems to have cured Mark Teixeira’s ailing wrist. Things are looking especially good down on the farm, where Triple-A Scranton is off to a franchise record 11-0 start.
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