Yes, we are a quarter of the way through the 2013 MLB season and to say the New York Yankees have surprised everyone is the understatement of the year.
After beating the Mariners 4-3 last night, the Yankees are 25-13 on the season, which is tied for the best record in baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here are five things I’ve learned about the Bronx Bombers at the quarter mark.
1) GM Brian Cashman is good at his job.
It is time to give credit where credit is due, and Cashman merits much praise.
Coming under heavy fire during the off-season from pretty much everyone, it seems that Cashman actually knows what works for the Yankees.
It is easy to overlook the fat that this guy has been the team’s General Manager and Senior Vice President since 1998. So I think it is time we all give Cashman the benefit of the doubt, don’t you?
So far this season cannot be chalked up to Cashman finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
2) Vernon Wells is not done just yet.
The Yankees should be sending a big bottle of Dom to Halos ownership for “dumping” Wells in the Bronx for the price of $18.6 million. So far, Wells is posting a .300 batting average, with 22 RBIs, nine homers and 11 walks. He has also been errorless in left field.
Wells has a respectable .250 BA with runners in scoring position (RISP), with two homers and 14 RBIs. That is the second highest RISP on the Yankees.
Wells has been great on the field thus far and is also living up to his reputation for being a great clubhouse guy too.
3) Age is just a number.
No doubt the Yankees are categorically ancient in the world of baseball.
The average age of Yankee batters is 31.8, and for pitchers it is 32.4, both the oldest in the majors. According to ESPN, as a team, the Yankees rank second with an average age of 30.3.
But the fact that they are really old hasn’t factored in so far for the Bronx Bombers.
Right now, 43-year-old Mariano Rivera has saved 16 games in 16 opportunities, posting an ERA of 1.56. Mo is on pace to save 65-66 games this season. As of today, Mo has saved 16 games in 16 opportunities.
Those are just a three examples but provide plenty of proof that in the Bronx, age is really just a number.
4) Proving powerful, not powerless.
The home run happy Yankees of 2012 were supposed to be a thing of the past, but that prediction has turned out false thus far. The Yankees have gone deep 47 times this season, which is the sixth most in the bigs.
The bats also have the ninth best slugging percentage at .418.
All I can say is that Yankee Universe has been one happy place so far in 2013.