The New York Yankees have recorded their 21st consecutive winning season after beating the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. That is an accomplishment this season after injuries to Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkilis, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Travis Hafner and seemingly everyone in between, threatened to ruin the season. The Yankees offense has been so bad this season that they have been toting a negative run differential for much of the season and currently sit at -10 in that department, the only team in baseball with a negative run differential and winning record.
Only five teams in the American League have scored fewer runs than the Yankees’ 636 through Saturday. However, thanks to some good pitching at the right times, the Yankees have been able to overcome that. The bullpen has been a huge key in that as the Yankees have gone 28-15 in one-run games. It isn’t the most wins in that situation but it is the best record in the game right now, a credit to the bullpen, the pitching staff and manager Joe Girardi.
While the Yankees have used 33 position players this season, the most since the 2004 Kansas City Royals also used 33 players. The Royals, in case you were wondering, finished 58-104. To say this season has been a difficult one for the Yankees would be an understatement. However, despite all of the injuries, despite all of the hardships the team has endured they have once again finished with a winning record.
There will be some that will consider this Yankees season a failure if they don’t make the playoffs. That is not true. The Yankees have persevered through injuries that would have killed other clubs. The Yankees never quit no matter who was wearing the uniform.
Besides, it is only fitting that Yankees fans know exactly when Mariano Rivera will throw his last pitch.