Wednesday, May 5, 2021



It has been a great last few days for the Yankees. Coming off the sweep of the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees hosted the Houston Astros for the first time in two years. The fans lit up the stadium giving grief to every Astro cheater, I mean player, that took the field. But to put things into perspective, it really doesn't matter who the Yankees are playing or when. In order to dominant the division and win the series, the Yankees simply have to get back to the business of playing baseball as well as they believe they can. And it starts with good pitching.

"The Yankees’ pitching is on the rise and Gerrit Cole was named AL Pitcher of the Month for April after going 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA — to go along with 62 strikeouts — in six starts. And Corey Kluber was named AL Player of the Week a day after picking up his 100th career victory. For the week, Kluber was 2-0 with a 0.62 ERA in 14 ⅔ innings in a pair of starts," reported The New York Post.

Bryan Hoch's latest newsletter spells out the recipe for "How the Yankees can get back in 1st place by June." It begins with digging themselves out of the under .500 hole, which they did with good pitching and consistent hitting this weekend and it continues with the long ball, which thanks to guys like Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, has started to happen more regularly. Now bringing home the 2020 home run leader in Luke Voit, can only help the team win more ball games. He's rehabbing at the Somerset Patriots this week and will continue to progress his way back up to the Bronx. 

And when you are starting to click and win ball games, you inch your way back into the top half of the AL East Standings and eventually you are on top, looking down at the others. It is about dominating eventually, but you have to get there first. And the keys to the enterprise are solid starts for the rotation, hitting with consistency and staying healthy. If you do that, you are back in the business and right now, I like our chances for taking care of business...if we stay focused on the keys. 

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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