The Jays literally left the Bronx limping, as slugger Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-DL with wrist inflammation; and third baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a right calf contusion (bad bruise) after smashing into a cameraman on a play yesterday.
As for the Yankees they got their ace back, and I can personally confirm that CC Sabathia can still throw the nasty stuff.
Next up for the Bombers is a seven-game road trip out West, four vs. the hot Oakland A’s, followed by a three-game set vs. the Mariners.
The Yankees left New York with a comfortable 10-game lead in the AL East but the team knows all to well that no lead is safe.
“No lead is big enough. I think we’re just going to keep pushing and try to win as many games as possible. It’d be nice to win 100 games. We’ve just got to keep fighting, keep playing hard. If we do that, we’ll be right where we need to be.”
The Yankees might be the best team in baseball for the moment, but fans shouldn’t start to saving money for postseason tickets just yet, so Yankee fans need to curb it for now.
You would think New Yorkers would know better after witnessing the fall of the 2007 Mets; and who in their right mind could forget how 2011 ended for the Braves and Red Sox?
So don’t get your panties in a ruffle just yet as the Yankees as a team are not #1 in everything, not even close.
Below are the Yankees team stats, along with where they rank among the 29 other MLB clubs in each category. The stats are thru end of all July 18th games.
|Team Pitching||Stat||MLB Ranking|
|Earned Run Average:||3.75||10|
|Team Batting||Stat||MLB Ranking|