The streak lives on. 9 in a row, the longest streak in the majors, to cap off the first month as one of baseball's best, 16-6. It's the fourth time since 1959 where the Yanks have won at least 16 of their first 22.
Again, one of only legitimate challengers in that stretch was the Blue Jays, but these wins are still important. In order to end the season with over 90 something wins, you need to beat up on the opponents. That means sweeping for the third straight time and dropping games with 12 runs and another with a shutout.
The pitching has become a nice attribute to this teams championship sights. Nasty Nestor Cortes claimed his first win, providing another high quality start, and lowering his ERA to 1.31, which is third best in the AL. Gerrit Cole is getting back in the New York grove, after allowing five hits and two walks, while also striking out six in the second game. And Luis Severino continues his resurgence. The bullpen continues their excellence yet again, and the Closer Chapman has six saves and a nice clean 0 in the ERA department.
The bats are looking nice and charged, especially after this series. DJLM and IKF are generating some RBI's and getting the ball into play. The Bombers in Bronx Bombers are thriving too, with homeruns this weekend from Torres, Stanton, Judge, and Rizzo.
In their past nine wins, the Yanks offense is looking quite nice. How nice? How about 67 Runs, 87 Hits, 20 HR’s, 290 AVG and a .907 OPS. That looks pretty good to me?
Speaking of Rizzo, how about Anthony Rizzo?! He continues to be a force to reckon with. His April concluded with a league leading 9 homeruns and 21 RBIs.
MVP... MVP... MVP...
April showers brings May Flowers, and Aaron Judge was already in midseason bloom. His first month consisted of .293 average, with 6 homeruns and 13 RBIs.
Today, he kicked off the month with the mammoth homeruns, a 453 to deep center, and another 400 rope in the ninth. Judge is one of those hitters who is going to do damage this season. I love his production and his MVP caliber play, but I am worried that he departs after the season. I hope the Yankees can get it done.
With a 1.5 game lead in the AL East, up next is a trip to the 6. Big time series against the Blue Jays, who split the series last month. It would be great to continue this fire, but again, the Blue Jays will be their biggest challenge yet.