The 2013 Major League Baseball season kicked off last night with the Houston Astros winning their first game as members of the American League, beating the Texas Rangers 8-2. Baseball is back!
Both the Yankees and Mets open the season at season with home games this afternoon, as the Yankees take on the hated Boston Red Sox and the Mets take on the visiting San Diego Padres. Due to injuries and roster concerns, it could be a long baseball season in New York City for both of the home teams.
I actually think the Mets might be better than most New Yorkers think in 2013, lead by third baseman David Wright and first baseman Ike Davis, they might surprise some people out of the gate. They will not contend for the division title, which will likely go to either the heavily favored Washington Nationals or the retooled Atlanta Braves, but they could be an exciting young team to watch. They seem to be headed in the right direction, but are still rebuilding, and really lack pitching depth other than top prospect Zach Wheeler. This depth became much more of a concern when it was revealed that former ace Johan Santana needed season, and possibly career ending surgery on his left shoulder.
As always, a lot was expected out of the New York Yankees entering the 2013 season, however they have already been hit with a rash of devastating injuries. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is out until at least after the All-Star break, and could miss the entire season, following offseason hip surgery. First baseman Mark Teixeria injured his wrist in the World Baseball Classic and center fielder Curtis Granderson fractured his forearm in when he was hit by a pitch in spring training, both are expected to be out until mid-May, and some reports have Teixeria out much longer. Even The Captain, Derek Jeter, is not fully recovered from a fractured ankle suffered in the 2012 ALCS and will start the season on the disabled list. As a Yankee Fan, it will be interesting to see how this team performs, because until mid-May they will have to win with pitching, run production and defense. Take a look at the Bronx Bombers’ opening day lineup. Not exactly Murderers’ Row: