The excitement of opening day has taken a sudden turn towards malaise.
The Yankees and Mets have started off the season 0-4 and some of the easy to spot problems for both clubs are rearing their heads early.
In being taken down by the lowly Astros two games in a row, the Bronx Bombers have done anything but explode at the plate, scoring a combined 3 runs off of Scott Feldman and Jarred Cosart.
A team that last year saw their struggles creating runs seem to be right back on the same path, now without stalwart superstar second baseman, Robinson Cano, now in Seattle after the Mariners surprisingly outbid the Yanks for his services.
This has left a question throughout the infield, where their best threat is the soon-to-be retired Derek Jeter. Mark Teixeira coming off an injury is anything but a sure thing, and replacements for home run bashers Cano and the suspended Alex Rodriguez are the less than spectacular power department qualities of Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts.
Meanwhile, over in Queens, the Mets have seen pitching woes return.
Carlos Torres, Scott Rice, Jeurys Familia, John Lannan, and closer Bobby Parnell put in a terrible effort on opening day, blowing a Mets lead and ultimately the game against the Nationals.
The game also cost the Mets the services of their closer, as a possible Tommy John surgery may be in Parnell’s future. It leaves them with the only reliever not be beaten around by the Nats’ offense so far, Papa Grande himself, Jose Valverde, as their current closer.
With Mets relievers giving up 2 runs in 3 innings on Wednesday night, he may be the only place they can look to fill that role.
It may just be the first two games, but trends are trends.
“It’s only two games, 160 to go. It’s only two games, 160 to go. It’s only two games, 160 to go. It’s only two games, 160 to go…”
In a season of hope for both NY teams, they will look to stop being fools in the finale of both of their opening series’, Thursday.