The complaints about this Yankees team are finally starting to subside. So far in May, the Yankees are 10-2, beginning May with an eight-game winning streak. Gleyber Torres has immediately shown that he’s the player the Yankees hoped they were getting when they traded Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs in 2016. In 20 games so far with the Yankees, Torres is hitting .319 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. His numbers nearly match the production he was putting up in Triple-A earlier this season.
Plenty of Home Runs
40 games into the season, the Yankees already have four players with double-digit home run tallies. The list is not too surprising: Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton. At 57 team home runs, the Yankees are on pace for 228 total, which would put them in the top 20 seasons of all time. Certainly, there are several players who are below their normal production, so if some of the big sluggers have a hot month, that pace could change in a hurry. The same four sluggers are also all on pace for 100+ RBIs and 100+ runs. Brett Gardner is also on pace for over 100 runs.
Judge is still hitting over .300 along with a .440 OBP. Sanchez is almost above the Mendoza line, and Stanton is just under his career batting average now.
Pitching a Strength
Although many seem to hold the pitchers to an impossible standard, they have been equally responsible for the Yankees success. The pitchers are second in the AL in opponent’s batting average, second in team strikeouts, and have the third-least runs against. Luis Severino leads the way for the Yankees, with a 6-1 record, and a 2.14 ERA. Veteran CC Sabathia has found a groove so far. The left hander is 2-0 with a 2.23 ERA so far this season.
The Yankee bullpen leads the MLB in FanGraphs WAR so far. The bullpen also leads the American League in ERA and K/9. Also, despite pitching 16 fewer innings than the runner-up Los Angeles Angels, the Yankees have 43 more strikeouts.
All is well currently in Yankee land.