The best of the New York Yankees is yet to come. Yesterday we covered some early concerns for the Yankees, and now we take the opposite look on the team. We will look at six some reasons not to panic.
The free agent signing of Adam Ottavino has quickly proven to be one of the best moves of the offseason for any team. As of this writing, Ottavino is still sporting an ERA of 0.00. With some of the Yankees starters struggling. And not having Dellin Betances at the outset. Ottavino becomes even more critical to the Yankees ultimate goal.
The signing of DJ LeMahieu was questioned and ripped by many Yankee fans because it seemed to knock the Yankees out of the Machado Sweepstakes. Now with the injuries to Miguel Andújar, Troy Tulowitzki, and the ongoing recovery of Didi Gregorius, having DJ LeMahieu makes even more sense. Looking back at it only a few weeks into the season and this signing seems much like the Ottavino signing like one of the best moves of the offseason.
The injury bug has slaughtered the Yankees. As we covered yesterday, the Yanks have over $86 Million sitting on the Injured List. But when looking at the injuries, the Yankees are getting them out early. And most of the players should be returning relatively shortly from injury. Should there be no more setbacks, the Yankees should be at nearly full strength by June and be able to push forward into the “dog days of Summer.”
Can’t Count Out the Wizard, Cash
Brian Cashman is arguably one of the top 5 General Managers in today’s game. And watching many of the moves, Cashman has made over the last few years they have worked out quite well for the Bombers. We know that Sevvy is gonna be out longer than we hoped for, but Brian Cashman still has some assets to play with on the trade market. And with the single trading deadline, clubs will be deciding sooner whether or not to pack it in and sell. And it wi be at that moment when Cashman strikes.
The Yankees have dealt with quite a lot of injuries as we have already mentioned. But their main Superstar, their unofficial Captain, Aaron Judge is healthy and in the lineup. And better yet he’s feeling healthy and starting to look better at the plate. It took Judge more games than expected to hit his first homer of 2019. I for one was beginning to press for Judge, although Aaron never showed any signs of concern. Because I made a rather bold prediction this season regarding Aaron Judge’s final home run tally of 2019 (82.) But shortly after the first, he hit the second. Now that home run total sits at three. If Judge beginnings to lock it in at the dish and carry forward his two-strike approach from the Spring. The New York Yankees are about to become even more dangerous of a ballclub.
So yes, this season did not get off on the right foot. Especially given the extremely high level the Yankees were playing at in Spring Training. But as the old saying goes, there’s a silver lining in every cloud. And for the New York Yankees on this day, April 10th, the Boston Red Sox suck. The reigning defending World Series Champions are facing a World Series hangover to the umpteenth degree. As of their 7-5 loss to Toronto yesterday, Boston’s record through the first 12 games of the season is 3-9. And while the Yankees fell back under the .500 mark with back to back losses to Houston. The Yankees are slowing starting to find their form. While Boston still seems like they are in a hangover haze.