Calm down, Yankees fans. Enjoy the record run
Enjoy the moment, Yankees fans.
You usually start sweating in June thinking your team is getting knocked out of the first or second round of the playoffs. Then there is also the one the club will acquire at the trading deadline. Who will be the marquee pitcher the Yanks will get and how will he help them?
The Yanks will be in the playoffs, but watch the ride to get there. Relax. But… you won’t.
This time around, chances are that the outcome of previous seasons will be different.
Stats aside, this is a Yankees team that has a different demeanor and a different kind of swagger. It is trust, but it is expressed in a lower tone. It’s about getting out and doing the work.
These Yankees have been an efficient and methodical bunch that shouldn’t be noticed every day. They don’t want the attention that a typical Yankees team needs. It is mainly a low-key, blue-collar gang.
They are coming off their 50th game of the season, going 50-17 with a .743 winning percentage. Only the Mets (.647) are within reach.
The Yanks started 12 games ahead of Toronto on Tuesday, and the rest of the American League East doesn’t seem to have much juice to challenge them.
They’re about to snap their 114-win campaign from 1998. Even if they go .500 the rest of the way, the Yanks would end up with 97 or 98 wins. Think about it.
Despite going a no-hitter in the eighth inning on Sunday, Gerrit Cole hasn’t been the dominator everyone expected this season. Cole is still 6-1, 3.14, and he’ll be in the All-Star Game in July.
Instead of Cole, Luis Severino, Nestor Cortes and Jameson Tallion carried the charge. Jonathan Loaisiga and Domingo German are ready to start rehab missions if anyone really missed them.
Do you remember Aroldis Chapman? His struggles and the resulting injuries clouded his season. Clay Holmes has quietly and effectively stepped into the role closer to Chapman, and Chapman suddenly just wants a spot in the bullpen when he returns from rehab. Speaking of being missed, does Zahc Britton mean anything to you? He will soon be back in the bullpen.
Aaron Judge does exactly what we expected with 25 homers, and his contact extension interview was appropriately put aside. The Yanks rank 11th in team batting average, and has anyone really noticed that DJ LeMahieu only hits .252?
Isiah Kiner-Falfeta caused a stir, but his recent absence from the roster hasn’t failed. Do you really miss Gary Sanchez?
Yes, baseball is a marathon and not a 10k. A lot can happen by October.
But winning 50 games at the end of June set the bar high for the Yanks, and one for other teams to try to reach.
Don’t GM Brian Cashman who was the architect behind this team and received his share of hits and pats on the back for bringing Giancarlo Stanton to Jose Trevino.
Trevino is another player who has effectively contributed to this run. He was seen as a replacement in trade for Sanchez.
Judge will continue to hit home runs, Cole will pick up his wins, and Chapman and Britton will be back in the bullpen. Stanton should get hot in the second half of the season.
Like everything else, there will be bumps along the way.
However, this group of Yankees has a different feel. Sit back, watch and enjoy the ride.
October is far away.