LADY AT THE BAT: A Frustrating Loss, But A Month Full Of Success For Yankees

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Frustrating Loss, But A Month Full Of Success For Yankees

Despite yesterday's RISP-failing loss, the New York Yankees finished the first month of the 2017 season with a 15-8 record, tied with Baltimore for first place, tops in the American League.

Admit it, if anyone had told you this team would be without Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez for most of that stretch, you would have predicted a worse record and no share of first place. But Ronald Torreyes and Austin Romine had a lot to say about it all, helping to keep the Yankees afloat in April.

Also keeping the ship sailing smoothly were Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury. I was looking forward to seeing how well Gleyber Torres did at AA Trenton on the days he is scheduled to play 3B, and I was depressed at not finding anything to distract myself from the failure that was Ellsbury. Then, he and Headley surprised everyone by getting off to good starts. My guess is that, as veterans, they will find a way to sustain it throughout the year.

Can the success of the starting rotation be sustained throughout the year? Hard to say, but it's such a breath of fresh air at the moment. Going into the weekend series with the Orioles, the entire pitching staff had the best ERA in baseball. Going into today it is 3.35, second best. This from a team whose pitching was what everyone, myself included, thought would be its downfall. It still might be, but at least it showed us all something in April.

And then there is Aaron Judge. The kid was a stud in April: 22 G, .303 AVG, 10 HR, 20 RBI. He even recorded his first career stolen base, and his first triple (which should have been a home run but, okay, moving on....).  The experts predicted he'd turn things around from last year's failure, but they didn't think it would happen this quickly. Yes, he will struggle, but hopefully not too soon.

Not too soon for the rest of the team, I hope, either. This team is gelling right now, and with Didi's recent return and Sanchez expected back as early as this weekend, things can only get better. Or, can't they? You never know with baseball, but you know you can't wait to find out.

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