After beating the Red Sox 2-1 in a series to close out the first half, the Yankees head into the All-Star break with a 52-33 mark, the best in baseball. Whoever’s backing New York with their free MLB picks has been making bank.
Not only have the Yankees been solid at Yankee Stadium (25-16), but they’ve been even more dangerous on the road, where they’re a MLB-best 27-17.
It seems a different player is stepping up each and every game for New York, whether it be mainstays like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano or less-heralded pieces like Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones.
Cano is swinging the bat great right now, finishing out the first half with 20 homers, 51 RBI and a .313 RBI. Jeter is the only other Yankee to be above .300 at .308.
That said, the power in this lineup is downright frightening. The Bronx Bombers are living up their name, bashing 134 home runs, the most in the league. Only Toronto (127) is anywhere near that number.
In terms of pitching, the staff is doing decently well. CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte are on the shelf with injuries, meaning Ivan Nova, Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes have had to step up and that they’ve done. Nova and Kuroda have sub-4.00 ERAs and Hughes really started to find his feet leading into the break.
The bullpen remains strong too, even with Mariano Rivera on the DL. David Robertson, Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley have been solid in relief, while Rafael Soriano has been almost unhittable while filling in as the closer. He’s converted 20 of 21 save opportunities and is rocking a 1.60 ERA.
All in all, it’s hard to complain when you have the best record in baseball and are already leading your division by seven games at the midway point. No question the Yankees are in a good spot.