Greg Bird joins Yankees’ early-season party

Greg Bird joins Yankees’ early-season party

Greg Bird joins Yankees’ early-season party

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When 6-foot-4, New York Yankees’ first baseman Greg Bird walks around town with his rookie partner of 6-7 and 282 pounds, Aaron Judge, Bird can be eclipsed .

“They recognize me a little here and there, not like Judgey,” Bird said the other day. It’s hard to miss.

Before Sunday’s 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the only thing Bird had been missing. He only had one hit in 26 at-bats. Half of their bats ended in strikeouts. Bird stayed level, answering more questions as a veteran and not as a player with 54 career league games.

The Yankees have confided Bird’s sweet left swing to continue the recent legacy of the top-ranked first-baseers club – from Don Mattingly to Tino Martinez to Jason Giambi to Mark Teixeira – and the effectiveness of that swing was on full screen Sunday. The second Bird episode against the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright was the first of the year, with about 435 feet in the right field seats. With three hits, Bird dropped just a triple short of the cycle.

“It’s good to be back on the board and contribute to the team,” said Bird, who raised his 100-point average to .138 on Sunday.

Bird finally joined what has become an early-season party for the Yankees. New York has won seven in a row, which matches its best stretch in the previous two seasons.

The last two sweeps of the three-game series have been against the Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays, who can combine to lose nearly 200 games this season. But that’s not the Yankees’ problem.

They can only defeat those who stand before them. Then the Chicago White Sox visit the Bronx for a three-game set.

The Yankees (8-4) have undoubtedly made it their two best players positions. Gary Sanchez is out for four weeks with an arm injury, while Didi Gregorius has not yet played this season due to a tense shoulder. The last two days, DH Matt Holliday has come out with a bad back.

It’s been only 12 games, so no one can tell you honestly if this is real, but what could hasten the rebuilding of the Yankees is their initial pitching. It is the area that felt especially fragile leaving the spring formation.

Surprisingly, the launch pitch has been a positive so far, even though ace Masahiro Tanaka has an ERA of 8.36. CC Sabathia has retracted the clock in its first three starts, which is reflected in its effectiveness of 1.47. Luis Severino had a draw to his career 11 strikeouts his last time out. Monday’s starter, left-handed rookie Jordan Montgomery, has intrigued the Yankees with his four-run repertoire, which allowed him to win fifth place.

But if there is a pitcher who could be a season changer for the Yankees, it’s Michael Pineda. Pineda is the ultra-talented, ultra-inconsistent right-wing, who can become a free agent in November. After throwing a perfect game through 6 innings his last start, Pineda was seven innings and allowed only two runs Sunday night. It is too early to know if Pineda’s success is real, but Sabathia has said he thinks Pineda will win Cy Young this year. The last two times might make Sabathia think he’s a fortune teller.

“You want me to continue building and gain some momentum,” manager Joe Girardi said of Pineda, who was 6-12 with 4.82 ERA last season.

Pineda did his job, registering one more victory in what he expects to be the first full season of his career. Bird, who lost his rookie status in 2015, is also trying to put together a full season after missing out all of 2016 after shoulder surgery.

On Sunday, it began with Bird giving the big blow. If he keeps hitting like he did against Wainwright and the Cardinals’ pen, he will not be overshadowed by anyone. Your team can not be either.

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