If the Yankees hold on to their 7-0 lead over the Texas Rangers, they will up their record to an impressive 8-3.
What’s equally as eye-opening is the fact that there’s been a different hero in nearly every game thus far. Here’s a list (in no specific order) that details the Yankees depth:
Curtis Granderson hit a game-winning home run in the rubber-match of the Yankees first series of the year — against the Boston Red Sox. He also hit two triples in Thursday night’s (April 15) win over the Angels. He’s currently batting .317 with four stolen bases.
Robinson Cano has already hit four home runs, two of which powered the Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Thursday night (April 15) — which happened to be the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first major league game.
Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer in today’s game against Texas. The blast was the captain’s third of the year, and he’s batting .367.
Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season today (April 17). The home run gave the Yankees a commanding 7-0 lead and placed A-Rod in eighth place on baseball’s all-time home run list with 584 blasts. Mark McGwire finished his career with 583.
Jorge Posada’s three hits, including two doubles, in the Yankees home opener (April 13) helped the Yanks defeat the Angels.
Posada’s backup, Francisco Cervelli, has started two games this season. In his first start (April 10), Cervelli went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Last night (April 16), Cervelli collected two hits and an RBI.
Marcus Thames went 2-for-3 in last night’s win over Texas (April 16). Thames has collected five hits in his last seven at-bats.
CC Sabathia is 2-0. After getting a non-decision in the season’s first game, Sabathia has been dominant in his last two starts. He allowed one run over six innings last night (April 16), while striking out nine Texas Rangers. Sabathia did not allow a run against Tampa on April 10 — and he didn’t allow a hit until the eighth inning.
Andy Pettitte is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two starts. Enough said!
A.J. Burnett has not allowed a run through seven innings today (April 17). He surrendered two runs over seven innings in an April 11 win over Tampa Bay.
Phil Hughes made his season debut on April 15. He allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings and earned the win.
The season is young, but as they, so far so good. Well, the Yankees have actually been great so far.
–Alfred Santasiere III