The Yankees have put together a nice run as of late. They’ve climbed out of the AL East basement and share first place in the division, as of this moment. This year has had its share of major setbacks for the Yankees, but here they are. Injuries have taken a bite out of the team and the lack of hitting with RISP is mind-boggling, but I’m a glass half full kind of guy, so I like to take notice that this team gets on base often. That problem can’t last all year, could it? If only we could have Nova’s hot bat in the lineup every night.
And there’s this: Pineda, Joba, Gardner, Robertson, Rivera. These are huge pieces of the puzzle who have missed significant time, but other players are stepping up. Raul Ibanez is batting .255 with 9 home runs and 30 RBI. Who saw that coming? Not me. Andy “50 Shades of Grey” Pettitte is tying up batters, posting 40 K’s in 41.2 IP. (See what I did there?) That’s a strikeout almost every inning. Oh, and both of them have 34 years of MLB experience combined. Pretty damn impressive.
So the fans I’ve talked to this year, who panicked and jumped overboard, patience would have been key. Cat pictures are on the decline around here and that’s a great sign. The Yankees are going through the NL East like a freight train and the schedule for the rest of June looks favorable. Winning is a good look in the Bronx and the Yankees wear it the best. Can they keep it up? Maybe. Maybe not. But my money is on them continuing the trend.