The New York Yankees began the 2022 season on the right foot, defeating the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on opening day in the Bronx. The crowd was electric and some of the new faces made an impact. Here are some of the things that we learned about today.
1. This team has fight.
We couldn’t say that last year. When the Yankees got down early, they were toast. It was as if their dogs had died and they couldn’t do anything to get going. Down 3-0 in the first inning? Chalk it up as a loss. There was nothing more prudent than last year’s AL wild card game to describe that analogy. Down 3-0 in the first inning with Gerrit Cole on the mound on opening day? No problem. Down 4-3 in the 8th inning? No problem. Doen 6-5 in the 10th? No problem. Things are different.
2. Gerrit Cole struggles against the Red Sox
In his last five starts against the Red Sox, Cole hasn’t gone longer than six innings and has allowed three or more earned runs in four of them. It’s not catastrophic but if the Yankees are going to be playing longer than the Red Sox this season, Cole has to be an ace and that includes shutting them down whenever he can.
3. Michael King is a player
He gave the Yankees two huge innings out of the bullpen today including a scoreless 11th inning, stranding the ghost runner on 2nd. This allowed the Yankees to have the walkoff dramatics today. He has a lively fastball with excellent offspeed and breaking pitches. He’s going to be a big part of the bullpen.
Yes, it is one game but there’s a lot to be excited about with this team. Let’s go get two more wins to close the series.
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