The Tampa Bay Rays series to start the season features C.C. Sabathia against James Shields. Hiroki Kuroda will face David Price in the second game and Phil Hughes faces Jeremy Hellickson in the series finale. Ivan Nova will open the Orioles series. Buck Showalter has not yet set up his rotation for the series. So at this point, we do not know who Ivan Nova will face. Freddy Garcia will start the second game of that series against an unknown opponent. C.C. Sabathia will make his second start against Jake Arrieta. That much has been announced.
That is as far as the Yankees’ rotation has been set, but we can presume that when the Yankees open at home against the Angels on April 13, Kuroda will be on the mound followed by Hughes and Nova. It will be quite exciting to see the Angels at the home opener and get to see Albert Pujols with his new club.
It would be a successful month if the Yankees play a game over .500 against powerhouses like the Tigers, Red Sox, Bay Rays, Rangers and Tigers and then win six of their eight games against the Orioles and Twins (the Yankees finish the month of April against the Orioles). Such a month projects to a 14-9 start in April. But even if they struggle worse than that, May looks like a much easier month. 14-9 with such a tough early schedule would be a terrific start of the season.