Expectations were high heading into a full season of baseball in 2021 for the Yankees. Baseball is not a sprint it’s a marathon, but you never want to start off slow. When you start too slow, in New York especially, the pressure builds each game and each loss. New York Yankees fans have one goal and that’s to bring home number 28 to the Bronx where it belongs.
The Slow Start by the Villainous Yankees
The start to the 2021 season was not what the Yankees players, coaches, general manager, owner, or fans expected out of this team. They started the season 5-10 at one point and were sitting at 9-13 at another. Fans and sports enthusiasts had a lot of questions about this. One common theme seemed to be occurring for this team and that theme was lack of hitting.
Yeah that’s right not starting pitching, but hitting was the issue starting this season. Here we were not hitting with runners in scoring position and not hitting homerun as we are accustomed to. It was our starting pitching and our bullpen that were keeping us in games.
How The Yankees as Villains Once Again Got it Going
Have no fear baseball fans, and all my Red Soxs fans, it was only a matter of time before the Yankees got going. Since April 18th the Yankees have not lost a series, which means they have now won 7 consecutive series at this point. The Yankees are now 17-5 in the last 22 games played. The starting pitching for the Yankees have tossed 50+ scoreless innings in 5 consecutive starts and achieved the first no hitter for the franchise since 1998.
What is the driving force behind the turnaround? Key hitting and the best starting pitching in all of the American League. As of May 23rd, the Yankees pitching leads the American League with a 3.17 team era.
Players like Stanton, Judge, and Lemahieu all have been consistent hitters for this team. Gleyber Torres is heating up and starting to look like the player we all know and love again. Also, we finally got Luke Voit back from injury. Aroldis Chapman has been the best closer in all of baseball this season.
However, the most valuable player for this season is Gio Urshela. We all know Gio is an All Star Gold Glove third baseman, but since coming to the Yankees he has proven he can do it all. Once this team hits its stride I have no doubt they will win the division and compete for the World Series.
I fully expect this team to click come July. With the future Cy Young Award Winner, Gerrit Cole, leading the way and the rest of the bats finally getting going, I love our chances. I do expect this team to be in the World Series and fully expect them to bring home 28. If they fail, we fully have to reevaluate this team and coach, but until then… LET GO YANKEES!!!!
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-Chris Addorisio @addorisio19