It is very early in the season, but another reason to be optimistic is the play of the last two guys to make the Yankees’ roster this spring.
Relief pitcher Dellin Betances turned out to be the one bright spot in the Yankees' Opening Day loss to the Astros.
With the game still not completely out of reach, Betances started the seventh inning against the top of the order. He then proceeded to do what no starter has been able to do in the first inning so far: He dominated them.
The overpowering right-hander struck out the first two batters he faced and then got the Astros’ best player, Jose Altuve, to ground out.
It was just one inning, but it displayed the kind of stuff Betances has.
Expect him to continue with that success, eventually move back an inning and take over the setup role for David Robertson.
The other bright spot for the Yankees is utility player Yangervis Solarte.
Solarte was the spring darling and eventually beat out Eduardo Nunez for the final spot on the team.
Giving a player a chance over a veteran is not typically a move the Yankees make, but the decision has paid huge dividends already, as Solarte was instrumental in the Yankees' first win of the season.
He went 3-for-3 in the game, scoring twice and driving in another run.
Solarte is a true spark plug who can play several positions on the field. If he continues to play well he will see plenty of game action and give guys a rest at multiple positions.