I don’t hear many complaints right now coming from Yankee fans, but I take that a step further. I’m absolutely giddy about where this team is right now, considering what they’ve had to deal with.
Think about it. The Yanks are 9-6. CC has been so-so (pun intended). Alex Rodriguez is still out and his replacement Cody Ransom has neither hit the ball (.170/.204/270) OR caught it (-24 UZR/150). Chien Ming Wang has been absolutely horrendous in epic, historic fashion, pitching to an ERA that would look better if you moved the decimal point a few notches to the left and called it a batting average. Toss in the slow start by Tex (.211) and its amazing we are where we are. Pythag agrees, according to those calculations our record should be reversed. Its also worth noting that Girardi got more out of last year’s team (89-73) than Pythag thought it would win (87-75).
If you substitute the three Wang starts with IPK’s or Phil Hughes’ first 3 from last year, we likely win one or two of them. There’s a slim chance we could have won all three, as opposed to the Wang starts which gave us a win probability approaching zero. Replace Wang with one of those two and we’d be 10-5 or 11-4 and atop the division. According to everything were hearing from the Yankee brass, Wang is headed to Tampa to work on his mechanics and either Hughes or IPK will take his spot in the rotation for his next scheduled turn vs the Tigers in Detroit. Both are off to strong starts in AAA, but I’ll guess the call will go to Hughes.
Recent Yankee teams have been terribly slow starters in April, but not this one. Were playing well and again, this is all without A-Rod. CC and Tex are usually slow starters, so you feel confident they will get better as the season progresses. Posada has answered the questions surrounding him in the affirmative. While Swisher has already cooled off and CF is still a question mark, the Yanks haven’t had anyone else perform beyond expectations with the possible exception of Cano. The bullpen, outside of the excessive stresses that Wang has put on it, has been good and promises to get better with help from AAA.
I’m very happy where this team is right now, and expect it to only get better.
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