Start spreading the news. Major League Baseball has a new American League East leader and overall team with the best record.

A 9-6 win last night over the Boston Red Sox put the Bronx Bombers at the top with the best record in baseball at 26-10, and certainly has shown Boston that this not the same Yankee club they saw back in the series at Fenway in early April. The Yankees have outscored their opponents 110 to 45 during this 17-1 stretch (best since the 1953 Yankees), while playing teams with winning records.

The Yankees will eventually lose a game, and lose a series, but this team can play even better baseball than they are now, if that is possible. Here are some reasons why.

 

Hitting Will Improve

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Lead off hitter Brett Gardner came into last night’s game hitting a dreadful .198 and in a real slump. Gardner is a career .262 hitter. He may have turned a corner last night, doubling twice and tripling in the eighth inning, scoring two runs and putting the Yankees ahead 7-6. It was his first multi-hit game since April 16.

Gary Sanchez hitting .205 this season is well below his career .288 average coming into the 2018 season. He has come up big for the Yankees in games during this historic stretch but has overall been consistent since opening day.

They Are Getting Healthy

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The Yankees currently have several important players of this team on the disabled list, including starting first baseman Greg Bird, starting third baseman Brandon Drury, fifth starter Jordan Montgomery, two middle relievers in Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren, as well as Jacoby Ellsbury. Greg Bird played in his second extended spring training game Tuesday in Florida, and went 2-for-4 with a home run and batted in two RBIs. Bird could return to the lineup around May 20th.

Schedule Gets Easier, Cashman To Make a Move?

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The Yankees played one of the toughest schedules in baseball during the first half of the season by opponent’s winning percentage (.550). New York’s remaining opponents have a combined winning percentage so far this year of under .500.

General Manager Brian Cashman knows how to build a team and has experience in molding a contender. With Jordan Montgomery out 6-8 weeks, inconsistent starting pitching from Sonny Gray, and a problematic bullpen from top to bottom, moves may be made for pitching help.

 

 

 

 

photo credits: nj.com

feature photo credit: cbssports.com

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