The New York Yankees concluded the weekend by winning their first home-opening series against rival Boston Red Sox.
While there have been many bright spots to the start of the 2022 season, none have been comparable to the Yankee bullpen.
The Yankees’ starters so far, Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery combined to pitch ten innings and surrendered eight runs in the three games to open the season.
While the starting rotation continues to have its question marks, the Yankee bullpen has continue to shine.
The Yankees used six relievers to throw six no-hit innings Saturday in a 4-2 triumph after they used seven relievers Friday in a 6-5, 11-inning win. The combined line was 13 innings, five hits and one earned run.
On Sunday, the Yankee delivers followed up their impressive start by allowing only 1 run in 5 innings.
It’s certainly been one of the overwhelming strengths that his team has had now for a while and we certainly feel like it has a chance to be that this year,” manager Aaron Boone said.
The Yankees seem to be building a bit of an organizational pitching factory, by identifying and enhancing strengths of pitchers all around the lineup.
The Yankees have been pulling out all stops as they’ve found solid contribution by a 19th-round draft pick in 2017, Ron Marinaccio.
Marinaccio came on the radar strongly last year because his elite changeup and emerging fastball and breaking balls were helping him find a role in the rotation. Now, the Jersey native looks to find a permanent home in Pinstripes.
“I feel like we can run with eight guys in [leverage situations],” said Yankees Pitching Coach Matt Blake.
The Yankees will try to see if their bullpen can replicate its success as the Toronto Blue Jays come to town for another 3-game home stand. Will the Yankees get more out of their starting pitching? Or will Aaron Boone continue to turn to ol’ reliable early in games?
We’ll certainly find out soon.