For the first week of the season, the Yankees played as if this was going to be another long year, possibly longer than the 2013 and 2014 seasons combined. But over the last few series, the Yankees have played significantly better. They swept the Tampa Bay Rays in a three game set and if they win today, they’ll take three out of four games from the Detroit Tigers series.
“I said all along, I think this group’s talented,” Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes guys get off to slow starts and you don’t make too much of it. You’ve just got to ride things out. We played really bad the first week at home. Really bad. We’ve turned it around on this road trip and are playing better. Our defense is getting better. Base running’s better. Continuing to swing the bats. It’s a group that really wants to win, and they’ve got a lot of fight in them.”
Just a few weeks ago, the Yankees led Major League Baseball in errors, a category that you don’t want to lead in, and were in the basement of the American League East. Coming into today, they are tied with the Toronto Blue Jays with the most home runs in the Major Leagues and are tied for third with the most run scored with 83. Not to mention, the Yankees are now tied for second place, making a significant jump in the standings over the last week. Now, the Yankees are beginning to ride the momentum into the final game of the series and hope to continue heading into this weekend’s Subway Series against the Mets.