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May 31, 2009 – 11:04 am

NYY 10, Cleveland 5. The Yankees streak is now at 14 Ws in the last 17 games. I think we can officially say this team is now on a roll. It’s been a long time since the Yankees have played at this level for an extended period of time. They certainly didn’t do it over the last couple of years. Maybe back in 2006? Regardless, this is Yankee baseball. Last night it was CC Sabathia leading the way with a 3R 5H 8K gem — but the most notable thing about this streak is contributions are coming from everywhere. The starting pitching has been rock solid — the last three times through the rotation the starter has given up 3 or fewer runs 12 times, and only once gave up more than 4 runs. And the hitting has been good all up and down the lineup. In the last 5 games, at least 8 of the 9 position players got a hit. Streaks abound — Jeter is at 13, Teixeira at 12 (a personal best for him), Cano is at 7, and A-Rod at 5. And how incredible is Jorge Posada? He misses 22 games with a hamstring injury, and goes 3-for-8 with a home run in his first two games back.

Georgie ReturnsBut probably the most amazing streak here is 16 consecutive games without an error. At first glance a 16-game streak doesn’t sound like all that much, but over the 120+ years of major league history that’s only been done once before, and today the Yankees can tie that record. I’ve always believed that defense is the most under-rated aspect of the game, and is far more important to winning than most people tend to believe. So it’s not just a coincidence that the win streak and the errorless streak coincide. I’m not sure where the correlation and causation is — does good defense lead to good pitching and good hitting, or does it work the other way? Who knows, but I do think they go hand in hand.

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