The New York Yankees are winning.
Understandably, the team is in a win now or no baseball in October place, as they are closer to elimination than postseason contention.
Last nights hero, Jason Nix described what is going right after his post game Gatorade bath.
Nix hit a game tying homer in the seventh, and the winning single in the ninth in the nightcap to help the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.
The Yankees swept the Blue Jays in the doubleheader yesterday, which was huge. Heading down the stretch these divisional match-ups are substantial especially for the Yankees, who are trying to stay in playoff contention.
Even with winning eight of their last 10 games, the Yankees still have plenty of work to do sitting seven games out in the AL East and 5 1/2 out in the AL Wild Card race.
But the team is finally on the right track, as they are finally gelling.
Still, Yankee fans seem confused, or maybe just good-old denial about who is to blame for all this winning.
SO WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU BE SENDING A THANK YOU CARD TOO?
Well, I will be sending two thank you notes.
HOLD UP….THAT A-ROD?
Yes, that A-Rod because last time I checked the Yankees only had one.
Regardless of his actual batting stats, A-Rod’s righty bat has done wonders for the Yankees anemic hitting.
It is no secret that A-Rod is a shell of his former self, but you cannot forget that this guy was a baseball phenom.
And fact is even an older version of A-Rod’s bat makes any pitchers life a lot harder, and the Yankees line-up a lot better.
If you think I am crazy, you are probably an A-Rod hater because the proof is in the sudden awakening of Robinson Cano bat.
Here are Cano’s stats for the seven games pre-A-Rod’s return on August 5, 2013:
(Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)
Robinson Cano - batting stats - 7 games pre-A-Rod
7 26 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 0.115 0.179 0.115 0.294
Over the last seven days, Cano has without question been the hottest hitter in MLB.
(Stats courtesy of mlb.com)
Robinson Cano - batting stats - last 7 games
7 30 5 17 3 0 1 8 1 2 0 0 0.567 0.594 0.767 1.360
Look these are the facts people.
But you better believe it when I say that if the Yankees keep on winning enough to make the postseason; and God forbid even win a 28th World Series Championship, you can bet that A-rod will be hailed as the difference maker.
Or at least he should be because the bottom line is A-Rod’s infamous return to the field has this Yankees team raking again.
In his first 21 games since returning to the Yankees, Soriano hit a .306 batting average with eight homers and 26 RBIs.
As of late, Soriano has been slumping at the plate. Luckily, this is his typical behavior, as throughout his career Soriano either comes in hot, or goes cold as ice.
Still, Soriano’s bat is just as responsible for the Yankees revival hitting or not.
There is no doubt that the Yankees have something special going on right now, and all I hope is that this momentum continues.