Yankees start season on a shaky note
With week one of the season in the books, the Bronx bombers play with highs and lows
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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y, (Apr 15, 2022) - The New York Yankees started their season last week on Friday Apr 8, hoping to bounce back from their 2021 season-ending, wild-card loss in October.
After one week of regular season play, the team sits 1st in the American League East. The team played a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox and a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
However, the team showed struggles in the first week, especially with its ace pitcher.
Right-hand pitcher Gerrit Cole currently leads the team in hits allowed, runs allowed, earned runs allowed and home runs allowed. He allowed one home run on opening day against Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers in the first inning. Cole pitched for three more innings before being pulled out of the team's 6-5 win.
On Wednesday Apr 13, he allowed two home runs against Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerro Jr. The Yankees lost to the Blue Jays 6-4. Cole's teammate Luis Severino got revenge against Guerro, striking him out three times in the team's 3-0 win the next day.
Closer Aroldis Chapman, gave fans a scare after walking three Blue Jays players to leave the Bases loaded. Michael King came in and had one strikeout and a double play to end the game.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo currently leads the team in home runs, scoring against Boston on Friday and Saturday. On Wednesday, he had another homer against Toronto, racking up his season total to seven.
Aaron Judge, after not signing an extension contract before Opening Day, had four hits in the series against Boston and a home run on Wednesday. He also had a double and RBI on Thursday's win against the Blue Jays.
New acquisitions, including third baseman Josh Donaldson and short stop Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, showed improvement as the week went on. Donaldson hit a walk-off single to beat the Red Sox on opening day and collected five hits so far, Kiner-Falefa had his best game of the season so far on Thursday, recording three hits and two runs.
The Yankees play the Baltimore Orioles for the league's annual Jackie Robinson Day at Camden Yards. The first pitch is scheduled today at 7:05 p.m. ET with RHP Jordan Montgomery on the mound.