Los Angeles, CA
|Lyle Overbay and the New York Overachievers|
The New York Yankees (27-16) and their $100-million disable list have surpassed expectations. With so many starters (and in some cases their understudies) out of the lineup with injuries, this hearty gumbo of overachievers has gelled as a team over the first quarter of the season.
The Yanks began last week on top of the AL East. When the week ended, they still retained the lead. The Yanks went 4-3 this week to keep a half game lead.
On Monday, they split a doubleheader in Cleveland, which were two makeup games from a previous rain out.
On Tuesday, the Yanks returned to the Bronx for six-game home stand against Seattle and Toronto. The Yanks lost their series with Seattle, but continued their dominance over Toronto.
The Yanks added another veteran to their sorry sort of banged up players. Andy Pettitte tweaked his back in a start against Seattle. He left the game with a strained trapezius muscle in his back. He's now on the 15-day DL. At his age, Pettitte is only one bad injry away from ending his career.
After losing 2 out of 3 to Seattle, the Yanks now 4-5 against the AL West (but 2 of those wins were against Houston).
The Yanks won their series against Toronto 2-0 with one rain out. The Yanks own the Blue Jays this year and improved to 8-1.
The Yanks field a team of no-name minor leaguers, washed-up veterans, and Robbie Cano. Their gritty starting pitching (anchored by Kuroda, who is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP) has propelled them to the top of the AL East. Simply put, when they Yanks don't score, they don't win. If they score 5 or more runs, they are undefeated with a stunning 15-0 record.
Here is the scoring vs. win breakdown:
Yanks score 2 or fewer runs, they are 0-10.In the last nine defeats, the Yanks scored a total of 10 runs including 4 shutouts. When they don't hit, they really don't hit and the results are ugly 2-hit shutouts. But when the Yanks' hitters are putting good wood on the ball, they really beat up on teams. When the pitchers get run support, they don't waste those cushions and the starters/relievers shut the door.
Yanks score 3+ runs, their record is 27-6.
Yanks score 4+ runs, their record is 22-4.
Yanks score 5+ runs, their record is the Yanks are 15-0.
Plus, Mo River is... well... Mo Rivera. His ERA is 1.56 with a 0.90 WHIP. He has 16 saves in 16 attempts. Mo Perfecto.
The AL East lead has dwindled down from three to two teams. Boston is hot and won 5 in row, while Baltimore dropped 5 in a row. The Yanks lead the Red Sox by only a half game.
On Deck: The Yankees begin an 8-game road trip (last two games are against the Mets through). This week, the Yanks head down to Baltimore for a three-game series. They are 2-1 against the O's this season. The Yanks get Thursday off before heading to Tampa Bay for a three-game weekend series. The Yanks are 1-2 against the Rays this season.