Things are pretty good if not uneventful in Yankeeland.
Phil Hughes remains a concern, but his velocity and control took baby steps in the right direction last night and thanks to the bullpen, Joba's big right foot, and the offense, the Yankees pulled out the win anyway. So keep plugging away Phil.
Jorge Posada is either doing nothing (i.e. he carried an 0 for 19 streak into last night – a big reason for his .189 BA) or playing the hero (5 HR in his 7 hits this season). Why any pitcher throws Jorge a fastball anywhere near the plate I'll never know. He appears incapable of laying off looping curves, sharp sliders, and change-ups around the ankles, but he can turn on a fastball with the best of them. Lucky for the Yanks the O's closer Gregg tried to sneak one by him right down the middle of the plate in his first pitch of the 9th last night…I'm not complaining.
Brian Cashman continues his Ocho Cinco-esque say whatever's on your mind campaign, this time elbowing Joe Torre in the process. Things certainly have changed when the guy simply putting his head down and getting the job done with bland media statements and sterling performance is A-Rod and the media lightning rod is Brian Cashman. But nothing Cashman said this time around seems off to me and if I were him I'd probably want to give my side of the story from time to time. After all, Torre's the one who wrote a book about it all. Maybe a quick fling with Kate Hudson would settle him down.
And speaking of A-Rod, he looks as good as he has ever looked in a Yankee uniform. He has followed up a monster Spring with a strong first two weeks, batting .412, slugging .882 and getting on base in more than half his plate appearances (.512 OBP). Sandwiched between Teixeira and Cano is a great place for that massive bat and the anchor he is providing the offense is more than compensating for the relatively slow starts of Gardner, Jeter, Granderson, and Posada.
As for Joba, in addition to blocking the plate last night, with each appearance he appears to be getting closer to his mid-2007-season-call-up form than he has been since midges ate his face, reaching the high 90's with his fastball last night while his slider remains sharp, working quickly, and compiling some impressive numbers in the early going (0.950 WHIP, 3.5 K/BB; .200 OBA).
The Yanks are about to start a series against the impressive Rangers, in which Yankee fans will get our first look at Freddy Garcia in a Yankee uniform.
Add to these early-season stories the anticipation of Jeter becoming the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits and Mo possibly reaching 600 saves and moving into first place in career saves before October and we Yankee fans have a lot to keep us entertained this season. I, for one, am thankful.