Blue Jays American League East Recap: Stumbling out of the Gate

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Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 9, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) looks on during the fifth inning against Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) looks on during the fifth inning against Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

Yankees Face Uncertainty
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The Yankees showed late last year the power of their youth. After thinning out the heard and releasing a handful of veterans the Yankees embraced the power of their rich and deep farm system. The Yankees figure to be one of the very best teams in baseball once the young stars take flight. Until then the Yankees seem destined to struggle with mediocrity. New York already had questions about their rotation before ace Masahiro Tanaka was shelled by the Rays on opening day, and the rotation has been inconsistent since then. The Yankees have one of the best tandem relief options with Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, but need to be in the game for them to be effective.

The offense that was on display late last season has been seen in glimpses this year. However, with an unfortunate injury to star slugger Gary Sanchez the Bombers could be without one of their most vital pieces for an extended period of time. With First Baseman Greg Bird on the shelf as well, the Yankees may have to wait a little longer for their young stars to become superstars.

Final Takeaway:

The Yankees will be a team to beat. Whether it’s this year, or another year down the line is still anyone’s guess.

Next: Josh Donaldson Leaves Game with Injury

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