The New York Yankees are just a win away from mediocrity. If that does not sound good, one needs to look at where they were only a few weeks ago.
On May 3, the Yankees dipped to their lowest of the season at 8-16 after losing six straight.
To add to their problems, Alex Rodriguez left that day with a strained hamstring and would be put on the disabled list, pitcher Luis Severino was hit hard again and veteran CC Sabathia was soon to be place on the DL for 16 days due to a groin strain.
However, since that time, New York is a very respectable 13-6, have a record of 21-22 overall and have moved out of the American League East cellar.
The Yankees have actually moved past two teams including the new last place Toronto Blue Jays, the team favored before the start of the season to win the division.
The Yankees swept the Oakland Athletics over the weekend in four games, which they had not done since 1979. The win was the Yankees fifth straight, a high for the season.
For the starting rotation, Sunday’s win completed a run in which each starter worked a minimum of six innings and just Michael Pineda the starter from Sunday gave up over one run.
Pineda gave up three runs, but was able to earn the win for the first time since April 6, which was the first start he made of the season.
The statistics for team pitching for New York are somewhat odd. For example, while the pitchers for the Yankees are second in the AL in strikeouts, have issued fewer walks in the AL than any other club and are tied for first with the highest percentage of groundballs in the majors, they are amongst the highest at 4.22 in team ERA, number of home runs allowed at 53 and the number of hits allowed per each nine innings at close to nine.
Those stats do not make any sense for Yankees coaches, but one thing no one can argue with is that without the current pitching staff, New York would have a much worse record than the mediocre one they are closing in on.
The Yankees offense is close to the bottom in home runs, runs scored, OPS and batting average. They average fewer than 4 runs each game, thereby leaving the pitching staff a very small margin of error.