Coming into the 2018 MLB season, the New York Yankees were expected to be one of the best baseball teams and compete for a World Series. 37 games into the season and it’s safe to say the Yankees are the best team in baseball today. Bolstering a 26-11 record, the Yankees have one of the best records in the bigs. The Yanks have impressed winning 18 of their last 21 games and winning their . They have done so by beating some of the best teams in baseball today including the Anaheim Angels (23-14), the Red Sox (26-11), and the defending World Series Champions Houston Astros (24-15). How have the Bronx Bombers been able to sustain such an impressive winning run this early in the season?
Offensively, everyone knew the Yankees would be a juggernaut. With a lineup including Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez home runs will be hit. But the Yankees as a whole has impressed at the plate. They lead the majors in runs (209) and RBI’s (202) and second in the majors in home runs (51). And who leads the Yankees in homers? Stanton? Judge? Sanchez? Neither of those guys. Shortstop Didi Gregorius is the team leader with 10 HR, followed by Judge, Sanchez, and Staton with nine. Didi, who had a phenomenal 2017 playoff run, has picked up where he left off and has been the Yankees early season MVP despite having the three other superstars on his team. Another key to the Yankees success is rookie second baseman, Gleyber Torres. In the last week, Torres blasted a 3-run shot against Cleveland for his first major league home run and a few days later hit a walk-off 3-run homer to give the Yankees a 7-4 win over Cleveland. As a whole, the bats are alive in the Brox and with the firepower in the lineup from 1-9, this can be sustained all season. Not to mention, the Yankees have another phenom in the minors in outfielder Clint Frazier who is on the verge of getting called up soon.
All the focus is on the Yankees offense and rightfully so. But the real story of the 2018 Yankees has been their pitching staff. They have been lights out when it comes to the mound holding opponents to a .218 batting average good for second in the majors. They’re also sixth in the bigs with a 3.46 ERA, second in strikeouts with 379, eighth in saves with 10,and they are one of only nine teams this season to have a pitcher pitch a complete game, pretty impressive for a team coming into the 2018 season with pitching questions.
The biggest question in the offseason was who would be the Yankees ace after they failed to sign any big name pitchers in the offseason. That question is no longer asked as Luis Severino has taken the reigns as the man in the Yankees Bullpen. Severino is 5-1 on the season with 63 strikeouts, all while sporting a 2.21 ERA. Outside of Severino, Masahiro Tanaka has been solid in seven starts with a 4-2 record and 4.66 ERA and Ol’ Faithful CC Sabathia has impressed with a 2-0 record over six starts with a 1.39 ERA.
While the players will get all the credit for this recent winning run, the new skipper of the Yankees, Aaron Boone, deserves some love as well. The former Yankee third baseman has made all the right calls this season. From naming Severino the ace to sticking up for Stanton after multiple five strikeout games to keeping Brett Gardner in the leadoff spot despite a .214 batting average, letting the guys play is Boone’s mantra. It has his Yankees sitting atop the MLB with the best record.