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Time to Panic in the Bronx?

by Jeff Weisinger (writer), New York, NY, April 04, 2013

Credit: Kathy Willens/ AP
Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda leaves the game in the third inning Wednesday night after being hit in the hand by a line drive.

As the Yankees injury bug adds another to it's list, is it time for them to panic after falling to 0-2 after Wednesday night's loss?

Let's be honest for a second. It's not like anyone expected the Yankees to start the season 3-0 after their opening series against the Boston Red Sox after the team lost Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixiera, and Curtis Granderson during Spring Training.

It's not as if we didn't think that the lineup would struggle to score runs during the first month of the year either, only scoring a total of six runs despite 15 hits throughout the first two games of the year.

But after a disappointing first outing by pitcher C.C. Sabathia and a bullpen that just got rocked on Wednesday night after Hiroki Kuroda left in the third inning after being hit in his pitching hand by a line drive, might it be time for the Yankee Universe to hit the panic button? Or even just put their hand over it?

Maybe it's the latter.

If history says anything, the Yanks just about always start slow to open the season. They also have had winning seasons following 0-2 starts in the last four seasons, so the 0-2 record isn't much to worry about. Why they're at 0-2 is a different story.

Like I stated before, just about everybody knew and expected the Yankee lineup to struggle given who they're missing. But the pitching staff, which was predcited to be the key to the Yanks success this season, has been the reason for their demise.

It just seems as if they fall into a snowball effect once one thing goes wrong.

On Monday against Boston, Sabathia kept the Red Sox lineup in check early on. However, after allowing a walk in the second inning on a full count to rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. in his first career at bat (Bradley watched two good sliders low and away), he crumbled allowing four runs immediately following that walk.

Wednesday night, after Kuroda left the game after hitting two batters after he was hit in his pitching hand by a line drive up the middle, reliever Cody Eppley got knocked around for four runs in the third inning, propelling Boston to a 6-0 lead.

Now, remember, the lack of hitting is still also to blame for both losses.

Although the Yanks four-to-six hitters went a combined 6-for-12 with four RBI Wednesday night, the top of the lineup did nothing at all going a combined 0-fer 0-for-11.

Even when the Yanks begin to string together hits, they haven't been able to capitalize on the runners, stranding a combined 15 runners on base in both losses.

The Yankees aren't looking to hold it together until they get the cavalry of Jeter, Granderson and Teixiera back either.

"I still think we have impactful players," Yankee manager Joe Girardi said after Wednesday night's loss. "We just got to get it done."

The task to "get it done" may be easier said than done in this opening week for a Yankee team that is struggling to hit with runners on, let alone keep opponents off the bases as they'll play one more against Boston on Thursday before traveling to then defending American League champion Detroit Tigers for a three-game set this weekend.

0-2 isn't much to think about in a 162-game season, however, if things don't change quick, the Bombers could be looking at an 0-6 start to the year, which is much more of a task to bounce back from than 0-2, even 0-3 for that matter.

But to keep things in perspective, baseball's a long marathon. Not a race. An imperfect start definitely doesn't result in a tragic finish.

Not yet at least.

For more on the Yankees, the MLB season and more, follow me on Twitter: @MrWeisGuy.



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Jeff Weisinger is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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1 comments on Time to Panic in the Bronx?

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By John Nelson on April 05, 2013 at 05:38 pm

It's a long season..... The race doesn't begin in earnest until August. This should be an interesting season.

Go Red Sox!

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