I must say that after 30 games, the New York Yankees are doing much better than I expected. At 18-12, they have been one of the most surprising teams in the American League. The fact that they are only a game and a half out of first place is pretty impressive. What has surprised me the most is that they are winning with more than half of the team on the DL.
One of the biggest surprises of the season is that the substitutes have stepped up. Vernon Wells has six home runs and 13 RBIs. Travis Hafner has six home runs and 18 RBIs. Robinson Cano (though not a substitute by any means) is on fire, a .325 batting average with eight home runs and 19 RBIs.
Not everything is swell in the Bronx, however. The pitching has not been as good as it should be. The Yankees are winning games, but their starting pitchers are not pitching at the top of their game. C.C. Sabathia, who is supposed to be the team ace’s, is 4-3. Andy Pettitte has lost two of his last three starts, and his ERA is 4.06. The pitching should be better.
Still, the Yankees could be a lot worse after 30 games. It seems that they have a player go on the DL every day and yet, the team is finding ways to win. The team has won seven of its last 10, with two of those three losses coming against the Oakland Athletics this weekend. Losing two out of three games in a series is not good at all, especially when it is at home.
Overall, I’d give the Yankees a B+ after 30 games. The team is figuring out ways to win, and I hope it continues. If the team has won 18 games with many of its players on the DL, things should only get better for the Yankees.