Yankees: How much higher can they fly this season?
The New York Yankees have just won nine games in a row, sweeping the Twins and Angels in succession. How much higher can this team fly?
In the last nine games, the Yankees have outscored their opponents 64-19 and have amassed 82 hits. That’s pretty impressive.
The thing to really be excited by is that the victories have been a COMPLETE TEAM effort. Yes, the home runs have contributed, but so have timely hits, fantastic defense and great pitching.
Where are the haters now, that swore this team was done when the Red Sox had a seven-game lead in the AL East, just over a week ago?
Where are the people that asked for manager Aaron Boone’s head on a silver platter when the Yankees were struggling out of the gate?
Boone didn’t challenge that weird call the other night — of Stanton leaving third base early on the tag, but he admitted his error. Boone stated he should have called for a review of the play. Growing pains, for sure. We knew he’d have them as he is learning how to manage on the fly.
Same goes for the 25-men on this roster. They have to learn to play together — to gel. To develop memories of last year with their own thumbs down movement and the “Toe Night” Show. Growing together is so very important. Like Boone finding his place as the manager of the New York Yankees, it will come in time.
I read a tweet that said Boone was asked for his credentials before Sunday night’s game in Anaheim. You mean the skipper of the Yankees? Yep. Growing pains.
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And imagine this. The Yanks have accomplished what they have thus far, and it’s not even May. The lineup is different each day due to the injuries, righty/lefty match-ups and whatever else is in play.
New players have come up and made a splash that could never have been anticipated. Umm, Miguel Andujar? The kid leads the league in extra base hits. He’s hitting doubles like a boy in Little League.
Gleyber Torres’ anticipated arrival has seen timely hitting and a solid glove as well. And this from a 21-year-old.
Then there’s Didi Gregorius. How much bragging must we really do about him? Who would have ever anticipated the type of MVP-like statistics he’s put up through April?
It’s baseball, being as mind-boggling as ever. Both with the bat and his dazzling defensive plays
Both with the bat and his dazzling defensive plays, Didi is on pace to make his first ever All-Star team. But according to Didi, he’s not a home run hitter. And his post-game tweets are never about himself — #humble.
We’ve all complained about the pitching. Yes, it’s been spotty. Sonny Gray and the ‘pen have been scary. Gray takes the mound on Monday against the Astros. Are we concerned? Absolutely.
This fan thinks that despite Gray, the red-hot offense, stellar defensive play and rookie-in-training manager, Boone, will be more than enough to take the opening game and series against the Astros. Ride the momentum into Texas, boys. We got this!
As we head into the heat of the summer, imagine when the bat of Giancarlo Stanton gets going, and we finally get Greg Bird back. This team will fly into even higher skies.
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For now, though, they have the Astros to contend with. A stiff challenge, but Gray and this rejuvenated team has what it takes to emerge from this challenging road trip successfully.