The last time the Yankees got off to an 0-3 start was 1998, a season in which they won the World Series. The magical thing about baseball is that there are 162 games in a season, and plenty of time to make a turnaround.
On Monday night, the Yankees picked up their first win against the Baltimore Orioles; Nova went seven strong, Mariano closed it out and Jeter went four-for-four. It is way too early to make any bold predictions, but these performances showed us three different things.
In a game where the Yankees put six runs on the board, no batter had more than one RBI. Not only did the Yankees spread the wealth, but Jeter was the only batter in the top half of the lineup that knocked in a run.
Now, what exactly does this mean?
In a game where the Yankees saw no production from their power hitters, the other batters were able to string together hits to put up a decent amount of runs. This will take pressure off their star players in the long run, because it lets them know that if they don't get a home run, they have other tools to put up some crooked numbers.
Aside from yesterday's shutout, the Yankees were also putting together hits and runs in their losses to Tampa. Despite the outcomes, their offense has been just fine.
In his rookie season, Ivan Nova was superb, putting up 16 wins and suffering just four losses. On Monday, he reminded everyone who he was last year. He looked calm as he was able to quiet a Baltimore lineup that was fresh off a series sweep against Minnesota.
Nova did allow 10 hits, but they were scattered enough, as he only gave up two earned runs through seven innings. He also picked up seven strikeouts and is currently the only Yankee pitcher that has a win in 2012. Hopefully, that will change when Freddy Garcia takes the mound tomorrow night.
As bad as the Yankees started their season, the Red Sox seemed to be in a worse position. Boston's closer Andrew Bailey is out until at least the All-Star break. They are struggling to find his replacement, as they blew two different multi-run leads against the Tigers on Sunday. Alfredo Aceves picked up the save tonight against the Blue Jays, but does he have what it takes to be a consistent big league closer?
For the Yankees, things went back to normal on Monday: Gardner stole a base, Jeter picked up four hits and Mariano finished off the game without relinquishing a run. Simply put, there are 158 games left to play, and 158 games the Yankees can win.
The Yankees do face a tough opening schedule after their stay in Camden Yards; they have series against the Angels, Tigers, Red Sox and Rangers. This month will be a test for the Yankees, and it will be one that they will not shy away from. Like i said, it is too early to foretell too much, but the Yankees fans have no need to panic.