The New York Yankees were struggling throughout the month of June, but they seem to have their season back on track after last night’s win.
Vernon Wells was the hero of last night’s game, singling in the winning run and pulling the Yankees within a half game of the Baltimore Orioles for second place in the AL East. This win was a much-needed one, especially after New York’s dismal performance against the Orioles in their last meeting.
I think the most important part of the streak has been the starting pitching. Among their last five wins, no Yankees starter has surrendered more than four runs. Furthermore, the starting pitcher earned the victory in all games but one. That tells me that they’re going deep into ballgames, pitching solidly throughout and giving the team a chance to win.
Ivan Nova was particularly impressive last night, going all nine innings and allowing only two runs. If Nova is on like he was two years ago, I think the Yankees could be a formidable opponent for most teams, perhaps rising to the top of the division again. Their bats are also coming alive, and Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez should be back any day now.
It’s been an up and down season for the Yankees. But right now at least, it seems to be back on an upswing.