The New York Yankees are back at it for their fourth game of Spring Training as they face the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
On a day in which we were hit with heavy news regarding manager Aaron Boone, bench coach Carlos Mendoza is taking over the dugout for the time being.
While Boonie recovers from his heart procedure (the Yankees announced he is now out of surgery and doing well), fans can take a break and watch Corey Kluber pitch for the first time as a Yankee.
The two-time Cy Young winner mowed down the competition in his first inning of work. That’s the stuff we like to see.
His first frame was a welcome sight after Michael King, Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery all got tagged in the first inning of the last three spring games.
Check out Kluber’s official first pitch as a Bronx Bomber.
Right down the pipe.
His first strikeout victim was lefty Rowdy Tellez. Klubot used his changeup, curve and fastball to get the job done. Made him look silly.
That ended the inning. Before that, he got Santiago Espinal to ground out to second and Teoscar Hernandez to pop out to third.
But that wasn’t all! Kluber once again ran through the next three batters in the second inning, recording two more strikeouts against Danny Jansen and Joshua Polacios. Another clean frame! Two spotless innings.
We hate to get too excited, but if Kluber is a semblance of his former Cy Young self, the gamble will have paid off. All the Yankees need is some kind of formidable stability behind Cole, especially when the postseason rolls around, and this is an entirely different team.
When considering the former Indians ace has pitched in just 36.2 innings since the start of 2019 due to forearm and shoulder injuries, we’d venture to say his return after last year’s season-ending surgery couldn’t have gone any better.