May 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi during the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Through a quarter of the 2014 MLB regular season, the New York Yankees hold a half-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East, but New York manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com he isn’t yet concerned with the standings.
"Obviously, you pay attention to what the other teams are doing, but it’s awful early to be thinking [about the standings]. What have we played? 41 games? We only have 121 to go.”"
The Yankees have played 20 of their 43 games against the American league — only the Orioles have played more games within the division. In those 20 games, New York is 11-9.
Currently, all five teams in the division are within five games of each other — the Tampa Bay Rays are five back of the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox are three back, the Toronto Blue Jays are one back, and the Orioles are a half-game out.
After a 15-10 start to the season, the Yankees have lost 10 of their last 18 and are just 8-9 in the month of May.
According to MLB.com, Girardi was also asked about his biggest impression of the 2014 season to this point.
"Tommy John [surgeries] — how many of those have there been. I think that when you think about what you see in baseball this year, there’s a lot of teams right around .500. There’s a lot of parity this year, and don’t know if it’s because of some of the injuries that are involved. There’s a lot of parity involved, and that’s probably the most interesting thing for me in the game today.”"
Following a day off on Monday, Girardi and the Yankees are back in action tonight, when they take on the Chicago Cubs in an interleague showdown at Wrigley Field.