Yankees 17-11 record is amazing considering the circumstances
The Yankees are 13-2 in their last 15 games and are coming off a 6-1 West Coast road trip. Considering their litany of injuries, the only people still pointing out negatives about the Yanks are either Red Sox or Mets fans.
Never read the comments section of anything, unless you want to get fired up. And so, I took a look at a recent Yankees post on MLB Trade Rumors and wouldn’t you know it; certain fans are still trying to find a way to discredit the Yanks’ current run of form.
Despite 15 players being placed on the injured list before the end of the first month of the regular season, the New York RailRiders have far exceeded expectations.
Naturally, a Red Sox fan would call the Yanks’ schedule “soft,” (pointing out a sweep by the Astros) yet if the Bombers’ record was reversed over their last 15, these same haters would claim the Yankees should find a way to win, since you know, they’re the Yankees.
There’s no appeasing some. Even if you despise the Evil Empire, at the very least, how can you not appreciate what Aaron Boone is doing with mostly no-names, reclamation projects and unproven prospects?
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Sure, James Paxton has turned it around in each of his three starts, the bullpen is starting to align the way we all hoped during Spring Training, and Gary Sanchez is suddenly reminding us of 2017.
But in no way, shape or form did anyone see Domingo German pitching like a staff ace, or Tommy Kahnle regaining the type of form he first displayed when he was a member of the White Sox.
Gio Ursehla has played third base like Nolan Arenado, Clint Frazier is finally performing at the level of a top prospect, and DJ LeMahieu has been a wiser investment than Manny Machado. Also, Mike Tauchmann has provided way more than just insurance, and Luke Voit is leading the Yanks in RBIs (25) and tied for home runs (8) with Sanchez.
I’ll repeat it, the sum of the Yankees parts has been greater than the whole.
The Yanks have gotten a lot of good but not great performances — and that’s fine because they’re 17-11 (tied for the third best record in the AL), are just 1.5 games back of first place Tampa and still have 13 players on the IL.
Gleyber Torres is finally beginning to find his groove, Brett Gardner has been steady, Tyler Wade is a legit threat on the basepaths, and the likes of Mike Ford and Thairo Estrada further prove just how deep the Yankees minor league system truly is.
Should Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and C.C. Sabathia further establish their consistency, this Yankee team should take off when some of the regulars return from their extended IL stints.
Hopefully, Urshela’s hand injury keeps his day-to-day status in-check; and LeMahieu can overcome right knee inflammation after fouling a ball off of it a few days ago.
If not, the next man up approach will again be in full swing, only this time we could see the return of Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton, and Troy Tulowitzki later this week. Remind me again, who are those guys?