"Ballgame Over, Yankees Win, Theeeeeeee Yankees Win!" ah yes, the sweet sound of John Sterling after the Yankees' 3-1 victory over their hated Boston rivals last night, giving them the series win. No better way to start the season than beat the Red Sox in Fenway.
And there couldn't be any better way to start a new season than what Curtis Granderson has done thus far. After starting off his Yankee career with a home run off of Josh Beckett on Sunday, he hit the go-ahead homer in last nights game, off of Papelbon in the 10th inning. Both were hit deep into the right field stands at Fenway, well past the bullpens, I can only imagine what he will do at Yankee Stadium.
The only major free agent acquisition made by the Yankees, Nick Johnson, did exactly what he was brought here for, which is to get on base. Granted, he doesn't have a hit yet, but he does lead the league in walks with five currently, none more important than the bases loaded walk against Okajima on Tuesday to put the Yankees on top in that game.
So the new guys look good so far, the other player that came over to the Yanks during the off season was Javy Vazquez, who will start against David Price and the Rays on Friday. I am curious how well he will do in his second stint with the Bombers, he was excellent with the braves last year, but the AL East should prove much more challenging this season.
The starting pitching was questionable for the first two games, but I'm confident that CC and A.J. will get better as the season goes on, as well as Beckett and Lester. Andy looked good in game three, a shame he didn't get the win, John Lackey was as good as I've ever seen him and Red Sox fans have to be pleased after his start.
The deciding factor in the series was clearly the bullpens. The Yankee relievers looked awful on Sunday night, but quickly regrouped and shut down the Sox lineup in the last two games. Boston was just the opposite, good on Sunday, horrible the rest of the way, although Daniel Bard looked good each time out.
In the end the Yankees walk away with the series win and have to be pleased with their early returns on Granderson and Johnson, but as we all know, there is still 159 games to go.