Before you despair about the Yankees‘ upcoming season, keep two things in mind: First, there is no clear favorite in the A.L. East this year; the Orioles, who owned last year, lost a lot of power. The Red Sox and Blue Jays have acquired some gaudy free agents, but there’s still no clear indication that they’re going to be contenders. The second: that in Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, and CC Sabathia, the Yankees could have one of the best 1-2-3 starting combos in baseball. There are never guarantees, but at least the potential is there. And while you’re praying for those three, say one for Iván Nova as well. What the heck, pray that Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltrán, and A-Rod don’t get hurt, then maybe that Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury will have some bats to drive them in. Anything can happen, but it’s probably true that the earlier in the season you go, the better.

Mon., April 6, 1 p.m., 2015