Just when you thought opening week couldn't possibly be going worse for the Yankees, the baseball Gods proved it could get worse. Gary Sanchez strained his right bicep in the 5th inning after taking a big hack. Never in my life have I seen an injury occur like this mid at-bat, but when you're swinging as hard as Gary I guess it's possible. Now, all Yankee fans are immediately giving up on the season, the rebuild, and the Yankees bright young future 6 games into the season. Everyone needs to take a big step back and really reevaluate the situation at hand.
Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day DL, so obviously the Yankees know it's not that serious and they're just taking precaution with their young superstar. Gary Sanchez himself even tweeted out he was feeling much better already, and that he can't wait to get back out there. 10 days without Gary means he'll miss the next 2-3 series at most. If the Yankees can't survive and rebound from 2-3 series in April, there was never a shot at the playoffs to begin with. Still plenty of other players in our lineup that can help carry the offense for right now, they just need to step up.
As for the all the other concerns like the starting pitching and how the bullpen blew the last two games for us also needs to be reevaluated. Anyone that doesn't trust the bullpen now, just stop, because come the end of the season we'll have a top 5 bullpen in all of baseball, guaranteed. The starting pitching we knew was going to be pretty horrendous, so no one should really be surprised. Tanaka needs to return to his ace form and I'm sure he will. I'm not going to let 2 starts this year take away from what I know Tanaka is capable of. Pineda and Sabathia just need to be decent, as long as they don't bury us early in games early it's not going to be a huge deal. However, that's a lot easier said than done with these guys. Severino looked good in first start besides for the Machado 3-run blast. If he can build off that I'm confident he'll have a really productive season for the Yankees.
Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorious will both be back in the lineup soon enough and that'll be a huge boast for the Yankees. Until then we must remain competitive and try to steal some of these games so we don't dig ourselves into a hole early in the season like last year. Stay positive, stay patient, and all will be okay my fellow Yankee fans. We must remember, Rome wasn't built in one day. That's going to be our motto for this season because this is only the beginning of the struggles. Adversity creates greatness and that's what we're gunning for.