OK, we’re starting to enter bizarro world. We all kinda figured the Yankees weren’t really as bad as they looked in that first week, but now that they’ve won seven in a row, certainly no one believes that they are this good. I’m guessing we’ll see some significant “regression to the mean” over the next couple of weeks, which should tell us a lot about just how good or bad this team really is.
For now, though, the Yankees keep hitting on all cylinders, that’s for sure. Pineda gives up just two runs in seven innings, for his second straight good start. The starting pitching is all looking very good right now. Heck, Tanaka is the weakest link here — and you have to believe that ultimately he will be the ace of the staff. And the bullpen has been stellar from the git-go — they currently lead the league in ERA (1.23), and there’s really no reason to think they won’t continue to dominate the way they have.
And offensively — an area where there were lots of question marks — they are second in the league in R/G (5.00) and lead the league in OPS (.796). In this win, Greg Bird finally looked like he has snapped out of his slump, going 3-for-3 with a 2-run home run. And Headley, Hicks, and Castro continued with their hot bats going a combined 6-for-10. And remember that we’re still without two of our best players from last year, Sanchez and Gregorius. The potential for this offense is kind of scary!
|WP: M. Pineda (2-1) LP: A. Wainwright (0-3)|
|HQS: NYY – M. Pineda (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR)|
|HR: NYY – A. Hicks, G. Bird, STL – Y. Molina|
|LOB: NYY 6, STL 8 RISP: NYY 4-for-7, STL 1-for-8|