Yanks Spring Into Hot Start

Winning a championship is a difficult task. Defending it is often even harder. That is why the Yankees 9-3 start to the 2010 season is impressive.

The Champs have continued from where they left off last Novemeber. Much of the success of last season has translated early on this season. The Yanks are atop of the A.L. East after the first 2 weeks of season. That's also with Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeria combining for 2 HRs. Fast starts by Derek Jeter (.380 3 HR 9 RBI) and Robinson Cano (.356 4 HR 9 RBI) have led the charge offensively, meanwhile CC Sabathia (2-0 2.84 ERA), AJ Burnett (2-0 2.37ERA), and Andy Pettitte (1-0 0.75 ERA) are still in postseason form. Mariano Rivera (4 SV) and Joba Chamberlain (2.84 ERA) had led the way in the bullpen.

It's nice to see everything coming along as smooth as it for the Bombers, considering in recent years, they've gotten off to slow starts. The Yankees have been picked by many to repeat as World Champs so this is no surprise. They have won their first 4 series of the season,all against playoff caliber teams (Boston,Tampa Bay, Anahiem, and Texas). So you really can't say they haven't been tested. In both the Boston and Tampa series, the Yanks lost the first game of the series, only to come back and win the next 2 to win the series.

Sweeps are nice but winning series is the goal. If the Yanks can do that, they'll be a .600 winning team and should cruise right into the postseason....yea, yea I know, it's only April 19th, and I'm getting a little ahead of myself talking about the playoffs but when your team is the defending World Champs, you have the right to do so!

In the coming week, the Yanks head out west to Oakland and Anahiem. The west coast trip is always a test for them but now with the monkey off their back with Anahiem, there isn't much worry about making the trip in Yankeeland. I'm not crazy about 10:05 pm games, but after a long day, a Yankee game putting me to bed sounds like a good idea. Sorry Kim Jones, no post game for me this week.

Let's see what the Yankees do this week on the left coast. Does Cano's hot hitting continue? Will A-Rod hit a couple HRs so we can see the HR counter go up and up? Is Javy Vazquez going to turn things around after a few poor outings? What do you think? Share your thoughts on the Forum!
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