By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 24, 2014
The New York Yankees have certainly retooled the roster and are in the hunt for a playoff spot and potential division crown. Here are five things we have learned about the team so far this season.
Ellsbury has not been the best offensive player in MLB this season, but he has stolen 21 bases and has been solid on defense all season. Not to mention, he has played in every game except for two. Ellsbury has been consistent and an important player for the Yankees, even if he has not hit as well as in the past. His consistency is worth every penny of his big contract.
Cano is having a career year in Seattle, hitting .330 on the year. Even though he has only hit four home runs, he also does not have the protection he had while batting in the Yankees' power-heavy lineup. Cano has been solid and consistent for the Mariners, something that the Yankees have yet to get out of Brian Roberts.
C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda have all been affected by problems at some point in the season, and the rest of the rotation outside of Masahiro Tanaka has not exactly been great. The Yankees are going to need healthy starting pitching and depth if they expect to contend later in the season.
Jeter is simply not his old self anymore. He has been struggling at the plate, hitting only .267 with 14 RBIs, and his movement in the field has definitely slowed. Jeter cannot be counted on to save this team anymore. If anything, he is only a contributing player, not the star of old.
Tanaka has been dominant this season, and is on the inside track to win AL Rookie of the Year when it is all said and done. Tanaka has an 11-2 record with a 2.11 ERA and 119 strikeouts. He has been very tough to hit all season and has only had two bad outings to his name. That kind of production is what the Yankees need from him going forward, seeing as though the rest of the rotation has been subpar up to this point.
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