Will the New York Yankees Redeem Themselves Against the Baltimore Orioles?

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIApril 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  Starting pitcher Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees just left Tampa with an 0-3 record after being swept by the Rays. Tampa Bay is a strong team, but no one saw this coming.

New York's next stop is in Baltimore for another three-game series against the Orioles. Like the Rays, the Orioles are now undefeated at 3-0.

Early in the 2011 season, Baltimore seemed to be a tough team as they were winning. That quickly fell apart.

Since it's so early in the season, there's no way to tell if the same will happen, but with the Yankees getting swept in three games, they may feel a bit dejected heading into another series with an undefeated team.

CC Sabathia couldn't get the job done in the first game against Tampa. Hiroki Kuroda wasn't exactly impressive in the second game. Phil Hughes gave up two runs in the third game, but he actually pitched well and appeared to be in good form.

Scheduled to start tonight against Baltimore is Ivan Nova. Will Nova be able to motivate the Yankees and pump up their energy level with a strong win tonight? Time will tell, but I think that Nova will deliver.

He's young with great stamina, and came off of the 2011 season with a win-loss record of 16-4, 98 strikeouts and a 3.70 ERA in 165.1 innings pitched.

With a win tonight, the Yankees will be re-energized and will regain their confidence.

Yankee fans can't help but be concerned with this 0-3 start to the season, but I would caution everyone not to overreact. Plenty of baseball is ahead with plenty of opportunities to make up for the first series.

The Yankees will get back on track.