2013: Four things that have gone right
April, 15, 2013
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports The Yankees' triple play on Friday hasn't been the only thing to go right in the Bronx so far.As the 6-5 Yankees head into game No. 12 on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, let's look at four things that have gone right so far.
1. THAT'S CERVELLI: Russell Martin who? Well, we kid a little, but Francisco Cervelli has quickly taken the starting catching spot and has outplayed Chris Stewart and, for that matter, Martin. While Martin has just two hits in 31 at-bats (.065) for the Pirates heading into Monday night, Cervelli is 8-for-23 (.348).
2. THE BIG 3: CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte haven't been perfect, but they do make you think the Yankees might have a run in them this season.
Sabathia's spring training and Opening Day velocity have turned out not to be a big deal at all. CC is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA.
Kuroda hurt a finger and wasn't great his initial 2 1/3 innings of the season, but now has shown why he is a pro's pro, having not given up a run in his past 13 1/3 innings.
Pettitte has looked 30 on the mound, but 40 on the couch. Two starts in, his ERA is 1.20. His back felt some spasms while he was on a couch, and he skipped a start and won't go until Friday. If Pettitte can stay healthy, he might have another special season.
3. 2006 ALL-STARS: Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Kevin Youkilis have all done very well in the first 11 games. Hafner and Wells are tied with Robinson Cano for the team lead in homers with three, and are both hitting above .300. Overbay has hit a respectable .282, while maintaining a Mark Teixeira-like comfort at first.
Youkilis has been the Yankees' best offensive player, along with Cano.
4. NUNEE: If Eduardo Nunez can learn to get out of the way of some inside pitches, maybe the Yankees might have something. But here is the story with Nunez -- no errors. Nunez was charged with an error on a hard-hit ball from Shane Victorino in the second game, but it was later changed to hit.
So, no E's for Nunez is really all you could ask for.