After rallying in the Ninth inning for three runs against Superhuman closer Jose Alvarado and knocking off the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees have finally scratched and clawed their way back to the top of the AL East. And I want to vomit.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 18, 2019
How? That is the only response that one can have to the Yankees continued success this year. How do they keep finding a way to win ball games? There’s being hampered by injuries, and then there’s what has happened to the Yankees. Whoever the team has employed as the trainer should be fired.
The Yankees, as of this moment, have the following players on the injured list: Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, James Paxton, Luis Severino, and Dellin Betances. That’s 130 home runs, 383 runs batted in, and 34 wins missing from the everyday roster. At least six are former all-stars.
If this were to happen to any other team in baseball, they would be absolutely dead in the water. The Yankees have had to play their first 42 games, literally, without their 5 best players from last year, and are somehow still 26-16 at this moment. It boggles the mind.
— MLB (@MLB) May 18, 2019
Look at what happened to the Mets last season. Started off super hot in early April, but once the injury bug came a knocking, the team fell to complete shit due to a lack of depth. If the Yankees had a similar Hindenburg of an April no one would’ve batted an eye. The lost players left massive holes all over the diamond, and the team didn’t necessarily have great depth pieces to fill in those spots.
But yet, here we are. Guys like Domingo German, whose in the midst of a career awakening, and Tommy Kahnle have slid in perfectly and performed well above their expectations. Look at DJ Lemahieu, who was basically looked at as a backup or role player coming into the season, is currently hitting over .320. Clint Frazier, who was lucky to be called the fifth outfielder for the team, has been hitting .280 with 6 home runs while filling in for Aaron Hicks. Cameron Maybin, a man who didn’t have a job at the beginning of April, was signed by the team on a whim and has an OPS of .842 right now. Gio fucking Urshela, a castoff from Cleveland who was basically called up to just be another body on the bench, is hitting .330 and was last night’s walk-off hero.
What do the Yankees put in their water? At some point, an investigation needs to be launched, right? What else explains these downright schlubs suddenly turning into hitting savants once they get to the Bronx?
Dear MLB, please start daily drug tests on all Yankees hitters, Minor leaguers included, starting today. For the sake of the integrity of the game, as well as the future of the American League East, it is imperative that this is put to an end.
But hey, at least the Red Sox are good again. FEED ME THE RIVALRY.
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