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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Bill Madden: 4 Reasons Why the Yankees Have the Best Record in Baseball

They continue to display a consummate home run or bust offense and have so far shown a slight improvement in their base-running skills which last year was the sluggish in the game. And yet there can be no fault that this is a much better Yankee team than it was last season. A team that boasts the best record in baseball over the weekend, and if you’re wondering why, well, there are a number of factors that can’t be ruled out.

pitching

Going into the weekend, the Yankees’ total 2.75 team ERA finished third in baseball, their 2.51 bullpen ERA second. Most impressive, however, has been the uncanny consistency of their starting pitchers. After April 21, when the Yankees were 7-6, Gerritt Cole, Nestor Cortés, Jameson Talon and Jordan Montgomery all made four starts – 16 in all – and in none of them did they give away more than two earned runs. The only exception in the rotation was Luis Severino, who gave one, four, three and three earned runs in his four starts in that period. Equally important is the fact that none of them have been missed since earlier this year which brings us to the next important factor in the Yankees’ success:

health

Knock on the wood on this one, but the Yankees have by far been the most injury-free team in baseball—a stark contrast from the past few seasons when they were rarely intact with starting lineups. They’ve only had one player since the start of the season – reserve outfielder Tim Locastro – go to IL (in contrast, Kiran, last year’s AL East champs, currently alone has 10 pitchers on IL) Heck, even. That even Aaron Hicks was healthy (if not productive) all year long! To fall in the same category is:

RIZZO’s revived left-hander

Although he, nor anyone around the Yankees, would ever admit it, Anthony Rizzo was never the same player after contracting COVID last year. He hit just five homers after returning from the COVID list on August 18. For this reason, the Yankees had reservations about re-signing him, first pursuing Freddie Freeman on the free-agent market and inquiring about a trade for AK Matt. Olson. The Yankees as a team had just 53 homers from the left in ’21, the 26th lowest among the majors. Rizzo has nine alone this year. There’s no denying that the Yankees are still a home run-or-bust offense. (Thursday’s 15-7 was a prototype Yankee victory for the White Sox and Dylan Cease, one of the best pitchers in baseball—four home runs/14 strikeouts. As the scouts have been saying for years, if you want to beat the Yankees , you have to keep them in the ballpark.) According to Elias Burroughs, 50.6% of his runs through home runs are at the top of baseball and he’s been in the top five over the past five years. But at least it hasn’t been mostly a matter of authority, which was a big criticism of Brian Cashman’s club makeup last year.

Defense and Run Prevention

Cashman didn’t do much to rebuild the club this off-season, but what he did – trading Gary Sanchez and Gio Ursella for twins for Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, Josh Donaldson and catcher Ben Rorthwaite – was significant. Athletic Kiner-Falefa briefly provided steady defense, allowing the Yankees to pass Gleber Torres to second, where he has proved far more comfortable while slowly regaining the form that saw him in the majors. All-Star in his first two seasons in the U.S. (three of his five home runs either tied or gave the Yankees the lead). As noted last week by Daily News’ Yankee Beat reporter Christy Eckert, the Yankees were third in defensive runs saved in the Majors on Friday, as opposed to 29th out of 30 last year. Kinner-Falefa finished eighth among shortstops with three defensive runs saved, while Torres last year had 120th-placed-7 defensive runs saves among shortstops, but has saved five runs at second base this year. As for the second half of the trade, for years scouts had agreed that the Yankees were never going to go to the World Series with Sanchez and last year they only knocked out 17% of opposing baserunners, the second-highest in the majors. was less. , This year, under the quality control direction of coach Luis Rojas and the use of pitchcombs for better communication between catchers and pitchers, the Yankees, as of Friday, allowed the fewest steal base attempts and the fewest steal bases. For was tied with A. against.

So, as is clear, the Yankees are clicking on all cylinders right now — pitching defense and power — as well as staying healthy and discovering their joy. They might not see one of them until June 23-26, when the Houston Astros arrive at Yankee Stadium. Given the renewal of Cashman’s verbal feud with Astros owner Jim Crane this week, I’ll be rounding those dates on my calendar. The Red Sox may be dead in the water this year, but the Yankees certainly have a new arch rival.

It’s a crazy, crazy world

Hearing that the former Orioles, Padres and Red Sox CEO Larry Luchino If and when the Lerner family decides to put the team up for sale, he is quietly putting together a group to hopefully buy the Nationals. … that was a very heavy company Cardinals Handyman Brendan Donovan Wednesday found himself when he went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, scored a pair walks and three runs against the Orioles. The German-born South Alabama grad of Würzburg became the first Cardinal rookie to record at least two hits, two walks and three runs in a game. Albert Pujols More joined in May 2001 stan musiel (1942) As the only other Cardinals to score at least two doubles, two walks and three runs in a single game. … we didn’t hear much from those who traveled a lot Jose Quintana In recent years, but last Monday the 33-year-old leftist, who has been troubled by injuries and general ineffectiveness since 2019, broke two humiliating streaks. This was their first win since September 5, 2019, ending a drought of 42 appearances between 20 starts and wins, while for the Pirates, it was their first win of the season for a starting pitcher in their 28th game – a major League record for starting a season. … New Baseball Book of the Week: Former Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson and acclaimed baseball photographer Jean Fruth Another great hardcover coffee table book—”Grassroots Baseball: Route 66″—in which they traveled cross country along the country’s most famous highway, capturing images of the game and its connection to communities. Along the way, he made contact with the Hall of Famers. George Brett, johnny bench And Jim Thomwho provided commentary on his own on-the-ground experiences in towns along Route 66.

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