It’s hard to believe, but after the two embarrassing games in Houston, the Yankees are 7-4, entering their off day with a 7-6 record and in a three way tie for first place with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. The Yankees have had their fair share of injuries, but they’ve shown they’re able to battle through them and come out on top in games.
Take yesterday’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox for example: The Yankees lost Francisco Cervelli to a hamstring injury, Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter were on the bench with minor injuries and Yangervis Solarte along with Brian McCann were in pain for a few moments during the contest themselves. In the end, the Yankees persevered and answered the lingering questions in the game: they placed Carlos Beltran at first, put Ichiro Suzuki in right and came out on top with the victory.
The Yankees in their past 13 games have had some glimmering moments where they could possibly be one of the best teams in the AL East, and yet they’ve had their moments where they’ve looked like an average team. The pitching staff has been terrific and the new signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann have really helped the ball club. Unfortunately, their weakness is the infield. With Mark Teixeira on the DL and with the recent injuries of Jeter and Roberts, there’s a gigantic question mark in the middle of the diamond.
Still, 13 games is a small sample size, and it’s not enough to show where the Yankees can end up at the end of the season (which by the way, ends in September, not next week). Are there still question marks and doubts? Of course there are, but the Yankees are taking it slow, and they’re not afraid of getting on the field and answering questions in the moment.