We are three games into the 2012 Major League Baseball season, and the most dominant division in the league, has been turned upside down.
The Yankees and Red Sox, the perennial juggernauts of the division, are both (0-3) and seeking their first win. Meanwhile the usual doormats of the division, the Orioles (3-0) and Blue Jays (2-1) are off to great starts and the up and coming Rays (3-0) looked strong during a season opening sweep of the Yankees.
Now this is no time to panic by any means, both the Yankees (Rays) and Red Sox (Tigers) were swept by expected contenders on the road and have yet to play a home game, and its a long season. I’m sure the New York and Boston media will begin to over react to these slow starts if the teams don’t start winning quickly.
I would be more worried if I was a Red Sox fan, because their ace pitchers (Lester, Beckett, Buckholtz) were absolutely pounded by Detroit’s powerful lineup. Miguel Cabrera hit three home runs in the series, and Prince Fielder and Alex Avila hit two a piece.
The Yankees struggled as well, but were in every game, losing the three games by a combined six runs, and getting owned by Tampa’s All Star third baseman Evan Longoria and first baseman Carlos Pena. The Yanks ace, C.C. Sabathia struggled early, but seemed to find his groove and the greatest closer of all time Mariano Rivera blew an uncharacteristic save.
To make things worse for Yankee fans, the crosstown Mets swept the Atlanta Braves, and are in first place in the NL East, and Mets fans are talking shit and walking around with their chest puffed out.
Enjoy it while you can Mets fans, its a long season, take your shots now. I look forward to the pinstripes pounding you in the interleague Subway Series, but all will be right with the world by then.
Andy Pettitte and Michael Pineda, get back soon, the Evil Empire’s rotation needs you as soon as possible, can we make early May work?