For the many LLP readers who emailed me requesting a speedy rundown of the New York Yankees first half of the 2012 season, your wish has come true.
A LADY’S OPINION:
The Yankees got hit hard in the first half of 2012, with heartbreaking, jeopardizing injuries to key players like Mariano Rivera, Brett Gardner, Michael Pineda, David Robertson (who is back), Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte and are currently in a 15-day stint with ace CC Sabathia.
Swelled expectations got a reality check and if the Yankees were still in contention at this time of year I would have been okay with that.
Instead the Yankees head into the All-Star Break with the best record (52-33) in MLB, which is just mind-boggling considering how many players had to step it up to get there.
The Yankees are not feasting on below .500 teams; they are beating everybody from the top of the NL to the AL. And the Bombers will beat you in both their house (25-16) and yours (27-17).
A LADY’S REAL CONCERN:
The Yankees lead the majors with 134 homers, but the long ball and having the best record heading into the second-half is defusing the problem that they cannot hit with runners in scoring position (meaning guys are on either second or third base or both).
Overall offense has a .231 batting average with RISP, but even worse is they are posting a .143 BA with 2-outs and a runner on third; and a .188 BA with the bases loaded.
And the reason this will most likely be a potential problem again is because hitting is streaky, and power is contagious. And as fans have already seen this season when the Yankees bats slumps it gets ugly and fast.
When any team relies so heavily on home-runs it leaves them out of options when bats are not going deep, and that can be exhausting for players to get out of and fans to have to watch.
A LADY’S LAST WORDS:
This 2012 Yankees team is intimidating and has up to this point seemed unbreakable.
Now there are still a lot of games to play and every fan knows that things can change in an instant but the Yankees have a very comfortable 7-game lead in the toughest division in MLB, the AL East.
And the Yankee players, managers and front office should feel darn good about the job they have done thus far.