Houston, It’s Opening Day. Yankees Versus Astros.

Yankees baseball is back. Yes, the long dreadful six month offseason is over as Jacoby Ellsbury will dig in at 7:10 EST against Scott Feldman and the Chase for 28 and the second straight year with a farewell tour will begin. With that all in play, how will opening day go? What are these new look Yankees about? I’m here to try and provide you with some background.

The Yankees will send out a lineup tonight that features only ONE player that played over 60 games for the Bombers and that was Brett Gardner.

Lineup Card

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Carlos Beltran, RF
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Alfonso Soriano, DH
  7. Brett Gardner, LF
  8. Brian Roberts, 2B
  9. Kelly Johnson, 3B

Starting Pitcher

CC Sabathia

I, for one, love the dynamics of the Yankees lineup. It features 3 switch-hitters, Beltran, Teix and Roberts, it has a mixture of lefties and righty’s so it’s very hard for bullpens to mix and match. With the addition of Ellsbury, Roberts and Kelly Johnson, it just adds more speed on the base paths and the Yankees could be running a whole lot this year that might be lead by potentially two threats that could steal 40 or more bases. Jeter and Teix return from injury ridden 2013 campaigns and along with there obvious play on the field, are huge too have in the dugout and the clubhouse. Health is a concern of every team, but especially this New York squad with injury prone guys such as Ellsbury, Roberts and Teixeira. This lineup should do it all. Home-runs, extra-base hits, stolen bases and much more.

Everything this spring, makes me think, what people thought about the rotation as a weakness, could be far from the truth. From CC on down to Michael Pineda, all five starters looked flat out impressive. CC looks skinny, Tanaka looked dominant, Kuroda was, well Kuroda, and Pineda wasn’t throwing 95+ but his slider has been wonderful and has looked unhittable. David Robertson is no Mariano RIvera. Nobody is ever going to be Mariano Rivera. But David Robertson, over the past couple years has better one of the more dominant set-up men in the game and along with the confidence Joe Girardi and the rest of the organization is showing in David as the future closer, he is ready. He followed in the foot-steps of one of the greatest people, not players, to ever grace the game and now he will slide into his role knowing so much more than he would have if he wasn’t with this great organization. Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton and Dellin Batences should get a bulk of the late innings leading to D-Rob, and it’s going to be a fun 162 game season.

Let’s play ball!

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