Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Lot Going Right for the Yankees

At one point in the last two weeks, the Yankees lost six of ten and still maintained their lead in the AL East. Now they are starting to play better ball and play their next three weeks (just about) at home. That doesn't leave the Red Sox and Bay Rays much hope of catching the New Yorkers. Here are some of the things that stand out with the current condition of the Yankees:

  • Derek Jeter hasn't made an error in fifty games, has a good efficiency rating and is starting to hit again.
  • A-Rod hasn't had his usual numbers and still leads the league in RBIs and he hit three homers on Saturday.
  • The bullpen is coming together. Chamberlain has had several good outings in a row. Mitre is doing well in relief and Kerry Wood has been terrific.
  • Berkman is starting to get his bearings and has had three good games in a row.
  • Granderson looks quicker at the plate and should be better down the stretch.
  • Teixeira is socking the ball and is the poster boy for possible flaws with the defensive efficiency rankings as he's been unbelievable in the field.
  • Cano is in a slump of sorts, but it's a bad luck slump and not a stroke slump. He's still hitting the ball hard.
  • Burnett has been better, but that can never be relied upon.
  • Sabathia will keep the team in any game he pitches and eats up innings.
  • Heck, even Austin Kearns is hitting.
If the AL East contenders didn't catch the Yankees while they were on the road, it's going to be awful tough to catch them now that 19 of their next 22 games are at home.

1 comment:

Josh Borenstein said...

Always happy to see Wood do well. Now that he's clean-shaven, he actually looks young again.