Anticipated Yankees' lineup garners little change during opening day game against Astros
One day after their 114th Opening Day was postponed due to rainy weather, the Yankees played in the Bronx today with many familiar faces.
Last season, the team's much anticipated return to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 didn't last long. One game, in fact, as the Bronx Bombers went quietly into the Bronx night in the American League Wild Card game against the Houston Astros. But today, they once again faced off.
The Yankees have not singed any new talent onto the team, instead managers are putting a lot of stock into veteran players, hoping they perform reasonably close to what their contracts dictate.
Players like Teixeira, Beltran, McCann, Ellsbury and of course, Alex Rodriguez, sound like an old timers day lineup.
One area where youth is being served is up the middle. Shortstop Didi Gregorius, who made huge strides last year, and new second baseman Starlin Castro, who was the Yankees best spring hitter, are each 26 years old.
The pitching staff is supposed to be anchored by a trio of flamethrowers at the back of the bullpen whose production could reach historic levels. But with Aroldis Chapman suspended for the first 30 games, and Andrew Miller expected to pitch through a broken bone in his non-throwing wrist, that doesn't seem to be the sure thing it was in the off-season.
The starting rotation is also anything but sure with injury questions surrounding Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi and Sabathia and the inexperience of 22-year-old Luis Severino. It's difficult to pinpoint what the Yanks will get from this unit.