You would take a peek at the standings, see the New York Yankees leading the American League East at 18 games over .500, and you wouldn’t exactly be surprised.
After all the Yankees have been a playoff team each of the last two years and won 100 games a year ago.
However, the road the Yankees have navigated the first two months of this year has been anything but easy.
The Yankees path through the first two months of the year hasn’t exactly been all sunshine and lollipops.
You want adversity? Try taking away arguably six of the most important Yankees from last season.
Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances have all spent a significant chunk of time on the injured list.
Most teams could not survive such a purge.
The Yankees have not only survived the injuries, they’ve thrived.
Look at the month of May: the Yankees mastered not only the bottom feeders of the American League, but have a 6-3 record against the Twins and Rays, two of the better teams in the American League.
This past weekend, the Yankees sent another message, this time to the reigning World Series Champions.
The Yankees couldn’t solve the riddle of the Boston Red Sox in 2018; not in the regular season, not in October.
But 2019 is a new year, and this weekend it seemed pretty obvious watching the Yankees take two of three from Boston that they just look, feel and seem to be a better team than the Red Sox.
The Yankees lineup is deeper, and that’s without some of their top-flight talent, and there is zero comparison between bullpens.
Will the Red Sox be heard from? Absolutely.
Do I get the sense they’ll finish with a better record than the team in the Bronx. I’d put my money on no.
Another week, another A for the 2019 Yankees.
It’s not quite a final grade, but nine straight series wins is quite the progress report to display proudly on the fridge.
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