Taking a Wang turn in Baltimore
There wasn’t much to like about this one for the Yankees, as Chien-Ming Wang couldn’t control his sinker and continued to experience that Spring Training problem of having his right arm drag behind his body during his delivery. Between that and the tweaks CC Sabathia had to make in a bullpen session Wednesday, Dave Eiland has his hands full this week.
Is there any doubt that Mark Teixeira is pressing a little bit, even though there were only half as many Orioles fans booing him tonight? (Actually, the Yankees fans seemed to outnumber the O’s fans about 60 percent to 40 percent, though they had less to cheer about.) Tex finally got on the board as a Yankee with an RBI double in the ninth inning, but ultimately it didn’t figure as Hideki Matsui popped out to end the game.
Derek Jeter told Teixeira after the second of his Yankee Stadium home runs against the Cubs to save something for the games that counted, and thus far from the left side of the plate, Teixeira has come up empty. He’s perennially a slow starter but knows the microscope is on him, especially with Alex Rodriguez out. A rough April must be avoided at all costs.
As Johnny Damon said, there doesn’t seem to be any panic in the room. It won’t sound like it on the blogs and talk radio, but the Yankees are 0-2, not 0-20. The last time the Yankees started a season 0-2, they went on to win 114 games and then sweep the World Series. It was 1998, a year Joe Girardi remembers quite well. It will be on A.J. Burnett in his Yankees debut to avoid the sweep in the finale.