New York Yankees riding out an early rough patch

Giancarlo Stanton goes 0 for 7, strands nine runners in Yankees' extra-inning loss

Expectations couldn't have been higher for the New York Yankees when they signed former NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton this past off-season. They opened the season 1-5, outscored by 20 runs in those six games before heading to the Stadium.

Yankees hitters have slashed.237/.335/.412 on their way to 5.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the team's last five outings (2-3 SU). The other instance was against the Orioles on Sunday, April 8th when he went 0-7 with five strikeouts. "Season is much longer than a week, so a couple good games can turn it around and help us win", he said. Showalter's decision paid off when Stanton jumped at the first pitch from the left-hander Richard Bleier and tapped harmlessly into an inning-ending forceout. Before being taken out in the fifth inning Montgomery let up a two-run home run which left the Yankees up only one run.

The Yankees bullpen has been worse and now touts a 4.89 ERA - good for 13th in the American League (the Red Sox own a 4.24 ERA for 11th in the AL). He pitched five innings of one-run ball and struck out six on Tuesday against the Marlins. To be honest that was partly because the Yankees just weren't on the Red Sox level the last few years. This isn't the only instance though, there was the grand slam in the fourteenth inning against the Orioles, there was the grand slam given up in the eighth inning against the Blue Jays, and many many more.

Price looks to continue his stellar to start to the season and keep twirling zeros, but the Yankees have been a thorn in his side since he joined the Red Sox.

Obviously with all weaknesses there are strengths.

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on Mad Dog Sports Radio said, "I can't believe the Yankees fans booed Stanton after five strikeouts". One big strength has been Didi Gregorious who has proven time and time again that he is legit.

Sale, last year's AL Cy Young victor, contained everyone else.

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They also left him hitting.167 with 20 strikeouts in 42 at-bats in his first year with NY.

The Yankees have gained 2.0 units and are 2-0 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season.

So here we are the two teams are both picked to do big things and now they face off.

At least for NY, their late-inning aces David Robertson and Dellin Betances have been solid as of late. Well ten games in the bullpen and the starters appear to have flip-flopped and it has been the exact opposite. Sale's back to dominant through two starts this year, though, with the following line thus far: 11 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 15 K.

Sale was especially effective against Stanton, whose penchant for hitting massive homers (and his massive contract) will make him an easy target at least for the early tenure of his Yankees career. The booing Sox fans have delivered to various Yankee villains over the years - nobody ever got booed more lustily at Fenway than Reggie Jackson - is much different than the booing that rains on the hometown manager when he's taking out a popular pitcher who has been dealing.

Luis Severino, coming off a third-place finish in the American League Cy Young, said he wanted to be mentioned with today's greats.

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