With the Yankees fresh off of their first true 'Death by Bullpen' game of the season, there seems to be a pervasive sense of worriment. The previously stellar performances of Matt Thornton and Adam Warren are already being treated as if they occurred in the distant past, or some faraway universe in which the Yankees are allowed to have nice things. And even if David Robertson comes back strong and transitions into the closer's mentality with gusto, the bullpen as a whole remains in need of a dramatic overhaul. How else could this have happened, after all? In reality, last night just sucked. Every bullpen is going to implode once in awhile. It feels a bit worse than usual, as it came against the Rays in Tampa ... but it is indicative of nothing other than a bit of bad luck.
Although, to be fair, Cesar Cabral stinks.
|New York Yankees||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||David DeJesus, CF|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Ben Zobrist, 2B|
|Carlos Beltran, DH||Matt Joyce, DH|
|Brian McCann, C||Evan Longoria, 3B|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||James Loney, 1B|
|Yangervis Solarte, 3B||Wil Myers, RF|
|Kelly Johnson, 1B||Sean Rodriguez, LF|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||Yunel Escobar, SS|
|Dean Anna, SS||Ryan Hanigan, C|
|Ivan Nova, SP||Chris Archer, SP|