The 2009 Yankees

The Yankees have had a far different season than that of the Mets. Following an offseason spending spree that added both the best pitcher and hitter on the Market there were high expectations for a Yankee squad that had just missed the playoffs for the first time since 1995. As the season started the Yankees got off to a slow start as C.C. Sabathia, the big pitcher that was acquired was not pitching great, Mark Teixeira their big bat acquired couldn’t hit, and old greats Alex Rodriguez and Chien Ming-Wang were not on the team to help, the former because of an injury and the latter because of ineffective play.

These struggles wouldn’t last long as Texiera picked it up big time hitting twenty home runs before the all-star break and while Sabathia never lived up to expectations he still pitched well. In addition Rodriguez came back from injury and while his average was not up to par he still had similar power numbers to his career average. While these players might have been a large reason for the early season struggles, they were not solely responsible for the tear the team went on to end up where they are now leading their division with the best record in the American League. The contributing players start with the revival of Jorge Posada, a big question mark coming into the season after an injury plagued campaign last year, not an easy thing to come back from for an aging catcher. It continued on with Robinson Cano returning back to the form that made him one of the best young second basemen in baseball, the return of Hideki Matsui after missing most of last season with injuries. An all-star season from the captain Derek Jeter and some contributions from young players like Gardner and Cabrera. All of these have contributed to make the Yankees offense one of the best in the Majors and make them seemingly never out of a game.

It is interesting to note that not that much pitching was talked about in the previous paragraph and that is not because the Yankees have not gotten good contributions from their rotation or bullpen but that the contributions have just been enough to make the pitching good enough to not cost the Yankees many games and it is instead the hitting that is the big reason the Yankees are where they are today. They do have a good rotation with Sabathia performing well, AJ Burnett their other big pitching pick up playing as well as expected, Joba Chamberlain constantly improving and steady play by Andy Pettite. They also got a big boost by finding a set-up man in Phil Hughes something that has helped solidify a bullpen that was a problem earlier in the season.

Overall when looking at this Yankee season you see a team that has been playing well and should have World Series aspirations. Their big problem to this point is that they have yet to win a game against the Red Sox something that will be a problem if both teams make the playoffs especially with the Yankees inability to beat the Angels in the playoffs. A team that swept them earlier this season and currently leads its division making it possible the Yankees will have to get through them if they want any hopes of a championship. If the Yankees continue to play the way they have on this most recent eight game winning streak they have a good chance of finally beating those teams especially after an impressive sweep of the first place Tigers that started the second half of baseball.

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