The Giancarlo Stanton era in the Big Apple got off to a rousing start on Opening Day. Stanton went deep in his first at-bat as a Yankee to give the Bronx Bombers a 2-0 lead. He added another for good measure, and the Yankees went on to a 6-1 victory. On day 1 of the MLB season, the Yanks made a statement with their new weapon. If Stanton stays healthy, the Yankees should get their money worth out of this guy. Playing on a dysfunctional franchise in Miami, Stanton has immediately been thrust into the limelight of baseball lore in New York.
The Yankees have never been shy of signing big ticket items, and Stanton has added to a long list of noteworthy additions to their roster. Can Stanton get them a World Series, though? He can certainly contribute to it on a major scale, but the pitching is still going to have to be good. The Yankees will be able to score runs on a consistent basis, this offense is looking really dangerous.
There are going to be stretches where the starting pitching is going to go through rough patches, however. They’re going to be good, but there will be better out there. And in the postseason, better than good is usually what is required to win a World Series. The pitching behind Luis Severino was brilliant, though. The Blue Jays managed just 2 hits and it wasn’t until the 8th inning that they were able to find a run.
I have no issues with Severino, he’s going to torch opposing hitters all season long. The guy packs some serious heat on his pitches. It’s when you get deeper in their rotation that things may get questionable. The x-factor here is going to be Sabathia. If he pitches well, then the Yankees are going to have something there. Tanaka didn’t exactly perform up to par last season, either. Severino and Tanaka will go about their business, and then we’ll see what follows behind them. The Blue Jays will counter Tanaka with Aaron Sanchez this evening. Get our free Yankees vs. Blue Jays pick below.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Aaron Sanchez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Yankees have spent money on prized possession in recent memory and it didn’t always result in championships. The last Yankees’ World Series came in 2009, a team led by Derek Jeter. For the money they’ve put in to building their rosters, they would have liked another World Series or two along the way. They came close a year ago and only got better from last season, so yeah, expectations are pretty lofty for them. Tanaka will take the hump for the first time this season. He was able to avoid the injury bug, but he did not have a stellar year. He posted an ERA of 4.74 with a 1.23 WHIP. Tanaka had a 3.07 ERA an 1.07 WHIP in 2016. He got absolutely shelled in spring training, where he got lit up for a 7.24 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.
Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez fell back in 2017 as well. From a 3.00 ERA in 2016 to a 4.25 ERA a year ago. Sanchez was moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation after it was apparent his services could be used in a starting capacity. He went from an all-star level two years ago, to just a marginal pitcher the following year. It’s going to be interesting to see how he responds in 2018. Nevertheless, he has a heck of a challenge on Friday night against the Yankees. Also, there isn’t going to be a spectacular offense backing him up like in the past. The days of offensive fireworks are going to be less prevalent with this lineup. The window is closing on them. You aren’t going to find the Yankees at a reasonable price too often this season. The books will adjust in time, though. I will side with the Yankees to ride yesterday’s momentum into another win on Friday night.