Those who are basketball fans may remember The Oklahoman deeming superstar forward Kevin Durant as “Mr. Unreliable,” prompting Durant (while he says the headline did not motivate him) to take charge of the Oklahoma City Thunder and propel them past their first round opponent. Many thought the forward’s tag was unwarranted, as he was excellent during the regular season. But the Yankees…
Some Six Flags rides have less loops that this season filled with injuries and tumult. Since the beginning of the season, there have been ailments (Ivan Nova, C.C. Sabathia), implosions (6 times the Yankees surrendered double digit runs), and a combination of the two (The Pine Tar Incident Part Two, starring Michael Pineda). Additionally, the Yankees haven’t had a win-loss-win or loss-win-loss three game stretch since May 4th. Statistically speaking, that is a rarity, as the Yanks have managed to win three straight, lose four straight, and then win another four in a row.
What’s more is the Yankees are preparing for a long roadstand of nine games, a mental endurance test to see how strong the players are, as well as the team.
Injuries and age obviously don’t help, and as of now, there isn’t really a problem. Phenom Masahiro Tanaka is still on pace for 24-0, and Yangervis Solarte emerged from the depths of the minors to jolt the Bronx. The best part: the Yanks are in first! The Yankees are making noise (not always for the right reasons) but if the team can keep pace, they should be in good shape heading into the summer.