The Yankees are starting the season with Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances and Aaron Hicks on the injured list, and now there is some concern for Greg Bird.
Oh, and I forgot Didi Gregorius, but at least you knew his situation would end up in the field.
The Yankees are taking a conservative approach with Severino and are saying May as the return date, while Hicks, Betances and Sabathia should all be back in the first month except for possible jokes.
How big the blow the Yankees are doing in the beginning is still unknown. An idea that is tempting is to look at the program. And while there are three games in Houston on April 8th-10th and two in Boston from April 16th to 17th, there are a lot of potentially terrible opponents in the first three weeks of the season, of which you're with Baltimore, three with Detroit , three with the Chicago White Sox and four with Kansas City. Those last four teams combined 417 losses last season and did not improve significantly in the offseason.
Does the Yankees manager Aaron Boone ever think about his program in these terms? I knew the answer, but I asked the same.
"No. Hell no," he said. "I hate that."
OK, but I'm glad I asked. He explained further.
"It is difficult to win games in this league," said Boone. "(If) you don't play well, you don't usually win. Our job is to be ready, ready to go wild every single day. And our guys are really good at it. So I don't care about our concentration of mind and of our intent every day, but I don't try at all (the program).
"I watch every day like a match that anyone is certainly able to beat us or have a good day … if we don't wear it, if we don't play well, then I hate to start watching that stuff" Boone concluded.
According to Boone, the Yankees who won 100 games last year managed to lose 14 times against the Orioles, the Tigers, the White Sox and the Royals.
I have a joke with other friends in the media where I like to go to the Yankees' schedules as Mike and Mad Dog used to do with the NFL times for the Giants and the Jets. Imagine doing something like this:
Dog: "Aug. 12 against Baltimore?"
Mike: "It's a victory."
Dog: "Aug. 13 against Baltimore?"
Dog: "Aug. 14 against Baltimore?"
Mike: (Deep Breath) "Win."
Dog: "Wowwww! August 15 against Cleveland?"
Mike: "Is Kluber? Probably Kluber. This is a loss."
Dog: "Aug. 16 against Cleveland?"
Mike: (Deep breath) (Another deep breath) "Win."
Well, you understand the idea. Except that it's a lot harder to do in baseball than in football, where they like to tell us that anyone can beat anyone "on a given Sunday."
The Yankees could very well benefit from a soft April program, but it's not something Boone wants someone on or around the Yankees to be thinking about.
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