After the longest offseason in MLB History, the first series of the season has come and gone, and the New York Yankees got through it with a 2-1 record.
The New York Yankees didn’t expect their season to start in July, but it did, and it came in the form of an opening series against the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals. The Yankees enter the 2020 MLB Season in hopes of winning their 28th World Series, and they got off to a good start in hopes of achieving that goal.
With many questions surrounding the Yankees heading into the opening series against the Nationals, nobody was 100% sure what Yankees team would show up in the season’s first series. The biggest question surrounding the Yankees was the problems with the starting pitching rotation (as if we’ve never heard that before.)
After Masahiro Tanaka went down in summer camp, the Yankees’ starting rotation was shortened even more. The Yankees were already prepared to be without Luis Severino and Domingo German for the entirety of the 2020 MLB Season, but they didn’t expect to start it without Masahiro Tanaka.
Unfortunately, however, that was in fact the case, but it went better than some may have thought. The Yankees managed to win two of their first three games even though they were outscored 12-9 in the series.
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After a shortened game one due to rain which the Yankees won 4-1, the Yankees were obliterated 9-2 in game two, but then bounced back in game three after being down 2-0 in the seventh inning, which they went onto win 3-2.
In the Yankees’ first series of the season, we saw Gerrit Cole make his Yankees debut, Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs in the first two games (one went 459 feet, the other went 483 feet), Clint Frazier and Ben Heller were optioned to the alternate site team, and this is only a portion of the events that transpired in the first three games of the season.
The first weekend of the MLB Season was crazy not only for the Yankees but it was crazy for the league as a whole as there is not a single undefeated team remaining, which also means every team has at least one win.
With that, the Yankees head into their second series of the season against the Phillies, with a share of the lead in the American League East.