The Yankees might already be back in New York. Sweeny Murti, Erik Boland, Wally Matthews and I will be there in a few hours. Our plane just pulled up to Gate A78, which was a pretty significant relief.
The schedule hasn’t done the Yankees any favors. We’re barely a month into the season and it feels like the team has yet to play at Yankee Stadium. They’ve opened with a lot of road trips, and a lot of tough road trips. Boston and Tampa Bay. Oakland and Anaheim. Boston and Detroit. Those aren’t vacations.
Like Mark Teixeira said this afternoon, 3-4 trips like this one are going to happen in the course of the season. CC Sabathia got knocked around today, Derek Jeter has struggled and the bottom of the Yankees order has taken a hit because of injuries.
But it’s not all bad news. Ten positives to take from the past seven days…
• Joba Chamberlain’s velocity seems to be climbing. He looks like the dominant reliever we remember from two years ago.
• Six starts isn’t a fluke. Phil Hughes is a very, very good major league pitcher.
• Don’t forget about two out of three in Boston. Maybe the Yankees should be more concerned about the Rays at this point, but taking another series at Fenway is a good thing.
• Mark Teixeira’s last three games were bad, but he had four home runs in the three games before that. His bat is starting to turn around after his usual slow start.
• Alex Rodriguez hit this road trip. Getting him and Teixeira in high gear will make up for a lot.
• It’s a small thing, but Romulo Sanchez and Ivan Nova pitched well in their Yankees debuts. Sanchez was sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball in Boston, and Nova got through two scoreless in his first major league game in Detroit.
• Francisco Cervelli.
• Jorge Posada is back, Chan Ho Park is on his way and Andy Pettitte thinks his elbow issue is a non-issue.
• Good work by Javier Vazquez on Wednesday. Joe Girardi said at one point that Vazquez wanted to “join the party” with the rest of the rotation. He got a taste of the party with those seven strong innings against the Tigers.
• Those games seem like a long time ago, but the Yankees did score 24 runs in two days against the Red Sox. And that was without Posada. The lineup has struggled for a few days, but when it’s going good, it’s going really good.