Three more games.
Three more games, over four days, before this Yankees season from hell Faces its first bona fide test.
Three more games for this beaten-up and broken-down group to start acting like a contender, even if it barely looks like one.
The Yankees' season-opening homestand concluded with a thud and dud – and, we need to mention, another injury. Troy Tulowitzki did not make it through his club's 2-1 loss to the terrible Tigers on Wednesday afternoon, departing in the fourth inning with a strained left calf, and surely he was not the only person who felt pain at this slog of a
"The major league season is a full time gauntlet full of adverse situations," Aaron Boone said. "They come in many shapes and sizes throughout the year, even in the best of seasons."
Could you ever imagine that this team would depart for its first road trip having lost the series to both last year's worst team, the Orioles , and Ron Gardenhire's Motown tankers? Or that they lose three daily players (Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton and Tulowitzki) on top of the myriad guys who did not even make it out of the camp? Goodness what a fiasco
"It sucks. It's a tough one, "Aaron Judge said. "Yankees put forth a most painful effort on Wednesday, managing four singles and a double-giving Tigers starter Matthew"
In an effort to win the series and even up their record, Boyd the game of his life; he set a personal record with 1
If the Yankees can attribute much of What went down this first week to bad luck, however, they can not do so with Tulowitzki's very likely relocation to IL. The 34-year-old, who played in 66 big-league games in 2017 and zero last year, has always represented a huge risk as a placeholder for regular shortstop Didi Gregory. The Hail Mary pass by the front office did not land.
Hence much now falls on the next wave of Baby Bombers: Tyler Wade, who takes over at the second base while Torres slides over to shortstop. Clint Frazier, occupying an outfield / designated hitter spot in Stanton's place. Wednesday's starter Jonathan Lois, who battled through four shaky innings. If they do not arrive with the pedigrees, Judge, Sanchez and Severino possessed, they are not projected travelers. At least some must reach their potential.
"We told everybody [in spring training] that hey, everybody's going to make some impact on this team," Judge said. "You do not know when your time is going to be called to come up and step up and play for us. … It sucks that it's this soon in the season, that it's happening, but guys are gonna step up. That's all it is. "
Off They went Wednesday night to Baltimore, to try to revenge their opening series loss to the Orioles. They have to at least win the series, do not they? They have to start feeling better about themselves before they leave Charm City for Houston, where the Astros (who, to be fair, are off to their own slow start) will be waiting with a real roster.
The Yankees left Tampa with so much promise, despite the alarming outbreak of injuries. They leave New York less than two weeks later with anxieties and forced words of hope.
"I'll hang my hat on our group and we'll fight our way through this and get it rolling," Boone said.
They have three games to start that roll back towards respectability.