Over the last two nights, we have seen what the New York Yankees have been so far this season.
Dr. Jekyll- Tuesday Night
On Tuesday night the Yankees played like the team everyone expected them to be coming into the season. The Yankees took advantage of an inferior team and score 12 runs on 15 hits. Luis Severino the unquestioned Ace of the pitching staff was simply dominant. Striking out eight Marlins and surrendering only one hit over six innings of work.
Offensively the team was able to do damage and all the starters (except for Giancarlo Stanton) got a hit. Every starter (except for Ronald Torreyes) was able to work a base on balls. It was a night like Tuesday night that has Yankee fans everywhere clamoring for World Series or Bust.
Mr. Hyde- Wednesday Night
Then Wednesday night rolled around against the same Miami Marlins. The same team they beat so convincingly just 24 hours before. However, Wednesday night was a much different tale.
Mashiro Tanaka from the first pitch of the game was struggling and it showed. His final scoring line of the game was 5 innings pitched, 8 hits given up, 7bruns total, 6 earned, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts and he surrendered a 3-run home run to the returning J.T. Realmuto.
Luis Cessa followed Tanaka and gave up two more runs himself. Chad Green and David Robertson came in and each pitched a quiet 1..2..3 inning in the eighth and ninth innings.
The offense much like Tanaka just didn’t have it during Wednesday’s game. Only four hits were had in Wednesday’s contest. Two of which were by rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar, including his first Major League home run.
This two-game set against the Marlins was a sight to behold. The New York Yankees will get to a point this season where they are scoring 5..6..7 runs a game. So while the offense has been shaky over the course of the season I do believe that it will heat up with the weather.
The concern that must be addressed by General Manager Brian Cashman and his team is the pitching staff. Tommy Kahnle was placed on the DL on Wednesday, but prior to that, he had not been pitching like the Kahnle we all saw in 2017. The Yankees must find a way to straighten out the pitching staff as a whole for this team to contend for a World Series in 2018.