Juan Soto has set the tone for an exceptional season with a stellar performance in the opening games for the New York Yankees.

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Soto propelled the Yankees to a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday, completing a four-game sweep and igniting a surge of momentum at the start of the season.

With three hits to his credit, including a crucial RBI single in the ninth inning with two outs, Soto clinched the narrow one-run win for the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.

Expressing his satisfaction with the impressive start, Soto remarked, “That’s the kind of start I wanted,” emphasizing the dedication and hard work invested during the offseason and spring training to ensure early success.

Soto’s arrival at the Yankees, facilitated by a trade with the San Diego Padres during the offseason, has proven to be an immediate boon for the team. His pivotal contributions rescued the Yankees from a 4-0 deficit in the season opener, followed by a flawless defensive play to deny Mauricio Dubón at the plate, securing a dramatic 5-4 victory in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Juan Soto (Credits: Newsday)

Building on their early triumphs, the Yankees claimed decisive victories over the Astros with scores of 7-1 on Friday and 5-3 on Saturday, culminating in the impressive four-game sweep.

Soto’s standout performance at the plate, boasting a remarkable 9-for-17 record with four RBI across four games, has been instrumental in the Yankees’ flawless 4-0 start to the season, a feat unmatched since 2003 and a rarity since 1950.

Conversely, the Astros find themselves grappling with their worst season start since 2011, having suffered nine consecutive losses at Minute Maid Park dating back to the previous season, including seven straight defeats against the Yankees.

Despite the setbacks, Astros manager Joe Espada commended his team’s resilience, emphasizing the importance of fighting until the last out and maintaining a competitive spirit.

Looking forward, the Yankees will begin a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona, starting on Monday, before hosting their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

While acknowledging the early stages of the season, Yankees manager Aaron Boone expressed his satisfaction with Soto’s stellar performance and its impact on the team’s success thus far, highlighting the potential for continued excellence in the games to come.

Reflecting on Soto’s contributions, Boone remarked, “It just put a bow on the series of what we saw in his at-bats,” underscoring the significance of Soto’s consistent excellence in driving the team’s performance.