- The Yankees are 8-2 in their last ten games and 10-4 in their last 14, coming off their fourth series sweep of the season in Toronto and a dramatic ninth inning comeback win against Baltimore on Friday night. The team is streaking at a good time when the season standings are still being defined. The AL East lead is within reach and it seems like the Yankees will remain in the Wild Card hunt all season even if they can’t keep up in their own division. Still, to be successful down the stretch the Yanks will need some help at Starting Pitcher as the season continues whether it is the positive returns of Sabathia and Pineda or an acquisition before the trade deadline.
- Dellin Betances has future closer written all over him but he is better used as a setup man right now both because Dave Robertson is a strong closer and because Betances can go multiple innings when necessary helping extend the bullpen. Here are some mind blowing numbers courtesy of Cody Derespina of Newsday. In 30 games, Betances has pitched 41.2 innings, allowing 19 hits and 11 walks for a microscopic 0.72 WHIP. He has struck out an amazing 70 batters, 45.4 percent of all batters he’s faced.
- Brett Gardner continues to evolve as a valuable major league ball player. His hitting, speed and defense make him an all star caliber player in my book. With his added power output this season, perhaps he will get some more positive recognition league wide. His projected stats based on his current pace are .290, 97 runs, 14 homers, 63 rbi and 34 steals. Those look like Johnny Damon type numbers to me and I like the sound of that.
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