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Is the postseason still in sight?: New York Yankees

by Aaron Czarnolewski | Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
| 660 baseball fanatics read this article

David Robertson and Mariano Rivera remain a reliable 1-2 punch in the New York Yankees bullpen. (Mike Stobe and Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

This five-part series will take us on a journey through the American League East, which is shaping up to be the most competitive division in baseball. Let’s start with perennial favorites, the New York Yankees.

The bad

Yes, the Yankees have performed even better than they normally do to start a season, with a whopping 3 more wins than losses. That said, their pitching staff has been getting a grilling as Michael Pineda is out for the entire season and Freddy Garcia is serving up more home runs than Yankee Stadium does hotdogs. Nothing needs to be said about Phil Hughes except that the Yankees kept him over Ian Kennedy! The sluggers, particularly Robinson Cano, have yet to get going. Nick Swisher is one of the few bright spots in the lineup.

The good

The bullpen, however, has had a fantastic start. Mariano Rivera, after one putrid relief appearance, has settled down. David Robertson is his usual dominant self, and Rafael Soriano has overcome his struggles from last year, though his walk rate is a bit high for comfort. Manager Joe Girardi has mercifully pulled Garcia as a starter and will likely utilize him as a long reliever in the bullpen. They still have two dominant starters in CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda while third pitcher Ivan Nova keeps them in games when he pitches. Andy Pettitte is on the verge of a comeback and has been pitching well in his minor league matchups. Finally, New York has an underrated but strong bench that’s blessed with both power and speed.

Divisional matchups

The Yankees still control their destiny as long as they don’t keep dropping entire series to the Tampa Rays. They can outhit the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, and can beat the Boston Red Sox with their relief and even starting pitching (how things have changed).

Conclusion

Both the wild card and division are in play. If Pettitte comes back strong, then the Yankees will have a better rotation than the one that won the 2009 World Series.

Post By Aaron Czarnolewski (17 Posts)

Aaron has always had a passion for Baseball that carried over into all other areas of his life. Once, in elementary school, he convinced a classmate, who had never before heard of Jackie Robinson, to do a book report on the legend. He is a 2011 graduate from UMBC (Which is NOT the University of Maryland) and is still seeking to guide as many as he can to the game of baseball. You can follow his ramblings on twitter at aaron czarnolewski@aarewski .

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