It’s kind of sad to be excited over getting back to .500, but that’s the way it goes in Yankee-land these days. If you simply look at the past two series, things don’t look too bad. During those 6 games, consider:
– Hughes had “one of those games” and got absolutely shelled.
– A-Rod, despite an initial homerun, struggled getting the rust off.
– Teixiera continued to struggle.
– The games were on the road.
– The Yankees faced Roy Halladay.
– Swisher is mired in a terrible slump.
After taking all that into consideration, 4-2 looks like a pretty good road trip.
At the end of April, the Yankees were 2 games over .500 and while everyone was a bit disappointed, I noted that at that pace they’d be in line for a respectable 93 wins. Well, for them to be 4 games over .500 at the end of may, they will need to win 10 of their remaining 16 games. Impossible? I don’t think so.
But for that to happen, A-Rod and Tex are going to need to start hitting. Both are showing signs of breaking out and they are the key to the team developing consistency. The starting pitching has been decent this year, with the exception of one clunker apiece from both Hughes and Burnett and any start involving Wang. With Sabathia heating up and Wang building strength in the minors, the rotation figures to continue to improve.
It often feels like those starts have to be perfect though for the Yankees to win, and that is partly a result of not having consistent offensive production. Sure, it’s great when Brett Gardner smacks a surprise homer, but you shouldn’t be relying on that. You should be relying on your 3 and 4 hitters. In some ways it’s amost exciting – A-Rod and Tex are too good to not end up with good numbers by the end. So you know the hot streaks are coming.