The Yankees are in a great place right now, having gotten off to one of their best starts in years and against some pretty tough opposition at that. After three impressive series wins against Boston, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, the Yankees have shown that they’re a dominating team – even without all cylinders firing.
The Yankees are nowhere near their peak form – pitching seems a little weak and a few of the teams stars are not producing at the plate – but the team has come together and strung some nice wins together. Boston and Los Angeles both made it to the playoffs last year and Tampa Bay would have made it if they were in any other division except the AL East. The Bombers took 2 of 3 from all three teams and added a victory over the Texas Rangers Friday night.
Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Jorge Posada are all hitting over .300 for the Yanks. Those four have led the Yankees to a .287 BA – good enough for second in the American League. Nick Johnson and Nick Swisher have low batting averages, but are getting on base with .432 and .415 OBP’s, respectively – good enough for top five on the team. In fact, the team has the highest OBP in the AL this season.
From a pitching standpoint, CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte are dominating for the Yankees. Sabathia has only allowed only 11 hits in 19 innings over three starts. He has also struck out 18 while getting off to a 2-0 start. Pettitte is proving to be even more dominating in his old age. After a below-average 2008, he has come back to his peak form in 2009 and 2010. Right now he is 1-0 in two starts with a 0.75 ERA. His third start comes this Sunday against the Rangers.
Oh, and old man river himself, 40 year-old Mariano Rivera, has appeared in 5 games this season, pitching 4 innings and picking up 4 saves. He has been dominant – allowing only 2 hits and one walk, while boasting a 0.00 ERA.
The rest of the bullpen looks a little shaky and the Yankees just called up Boone Logan to cover for Chan Ho Park, who is going on the DL with a leg muscle strain. I’d like to see the bullpen get a little stronger. Also, the Yankees need to figure out what is up with Mark Teixeira (hitting 0.83 with 4 RBI and 0 homers) and Alex Rodriguez (hitting .256 with 6 RBI and 0 homers). These two guys are supposed to be the heart of the lineup at the 3 and 4 spots, but are not doing what the Yankees need them to do.
But still, the season is young and talent is proving to be deep. I’m excited to see what the Yankees do with the next week with a west coast road trip at Oakland and LA.