Yankees started the season slowly. The rotation was a mess and the offense was sputtering. Fans or news organizations with a football-type mentality freaked out. Panic, they said while igoring the call from cooler heads that there was a lot of bad luck going on.
It’s not even the All-Star break yet, but the Yankees have ridden a 10 game winning streak, and 20 wins in their last 24, to grab ahold of the top spot in the AL East, the best record in the AL, and their plus-60 run differential is 2nd only behind the Rangers in the game.
The Yankees have done it behind a mix of good offense, tremendous pitching, and some defensive help too.
The offense has been solid, not tremendous though. During their winning streak their slash line is .257/.339/.457 with 35 extra-base hits. For the record the AL averages are .254/.320/.407. Leading the way is Robinson Cano, who has gone .371/.488/.743 with four homers.
The pitching staff has been the biggest difference though. During the streak they have a 1.89 ERA, 91 strikeouts, and 26 walks in 95 innings. CC Sabathia has arguably been the worst starter and even guys like Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada are pitching in.