3 Major Yankees Questions for Weekend Series vs Guardians

Apr 2, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe (11) throws to first
Apr 2, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe (11) throws to first / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After a successful 4-2 home game stand, the New York Yankees will now travel to Cleveland to take on the Guardians. It will be another test for New York who will play a Guardians' team who currently is 9-3 to start the season. Nobody expected this Cleveland team to be this good to start the season. While the Yankees are no strangers to playing at Progressive Field. They have some success playing there which also includes the postseason in October.

1. Can Anthony Volpe Continue His Hot Hitting?

Yet so far, it has been a great start to the season for Yankees' shortstop Anthony Volpe. His patience and resiliency have paid off. As a result, he was awarded the leadoff spot in the Yankees' lineup. In the previous game versus the Miami Marlins, Volpe has reached base three in five at-bats. He walked twice and singled, and now has a .372/.460/.581 slash line with a 1.041 OPS , two home runs and six RBIs. Question is now, can the Guardians pitching staff slow Volpe down or can Volpe continue his hot hitting since the start of the season?

2. Can The Yankees Pitching Staff Cool Off Jose Ramirez?

It has been known for some time that Jose Ramirez is a Yankee killer. He has pretty much owned the Yankees pitching staff. In his lifetime career, Ramirez has batted .356 with 72 hits, 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and 40 runs scored in 55 games against New York. That being said, the Yankees may have figured him out recently. In six games last year they held him to .306 batting average with seven hits, an RBI and 4 runs scored. Containing Ramirez in this upcoming series is crucial for New York who's in search of their fifth straight series win.

3. Is the Old Version of Stanton Back?

It has been looking more trending that Giancarlo Stanton has found his own groove once again. After starting off the slow 3-for-24, he is now hitting 8-for-19 (.421) with three home runs and seven RBI over his last five games. In addition, he does have some good playing numbers as a visitor at Progressive Field. During his last 15 starts, Stanton is 15-for-61 (.259) with four homers and six RBI in Cleveland. It will be interesting to see if Stanton can continue this trend heading into the weekend.

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