With the NBA and NHL playoffs now into the second round, it’s no surprise that those are the sports world main focus right now. What does surprise me, however, is when baseball is the topic, the New York Yankees are not the topic of discussion. The Yankees are 17-12 so far and are in 2nd place in the AL East which is a decent position to be in, with that being said, they are doing this without the help of the real New York Yankees. The Yankees have a serious case of injuries.
The Yankees have more than 12 players on IL at the moment and almost the entire opening day starting 9 are included to that list. The players on the IL are as follows:
Some of these players have been out for an extended period of time, some of these players haven’t even started the season yet. With all of these injuries, you would think the Yankees couldn’t win a game right? Wrong. The Yankees have had player after player called up to reinforce the team, but that is not how these players see their role. Gio Urshela was called up to give help at third base when Tulo went down. Torres was bumped back to shortstop and LeMahieu was moved to second. Gio has a batting average over .300 and has been a defensive monster for the bombers. Other players include Mike Tauchman who has been filling in for the Yankees outfield. Although he does not hit for average, Tauchman has held it down in the outfield and actually has added three home runs to his Yankee resume. The Yankees have also seen an improvement in young infielder Tyler Wade and even picked up veteran Cameron Maybin to help now that Clint Frazier has hit the IL. Thairo Estrada was called up last week and ever since he has posted a .429 batting average (6-14 at the plate) and provided some solid defense for the Yankees as well.
With the rotation, Domingo German has been nothing less then amazing. Posting a 5-1 record with an under 2 ERA is something you cant miss. James Paxton has finally found his mark and the Yankees beloved Tanaka hasn’t been to bad himself on the bump. C.C Sabathia continues to give his veteran spark to the rotation and continues to help the Yankees thrive.
The Yankees just finished another series win with a sweep of the Giants and before that won their series against Mike Trouts Angels. There is a reason that New York is called “The city that never sleeps.” Us New Yorkers are always on our toes and are ready for everything. The Yankees continue to be a force to be reckoned with and they don’t seem to be slowing down. The young blood is flowing and giving sparks to other starting players like Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez who have been red hot as of late. Once the Yankees are at full health, the MLB is in even bigger trouble than they think. The Yankees will have an army on the field and on the bench, the only question will be, who to put in the front line and who to save.
Photo: USA Today.