Re: The Yankees Are The Class Of The AL East: Great Pitching And Hitting
posted at 4/23/2013 8:59 AM EDT
This year the Yankees are almost as big a surprise as the Sox because they are winning without Teixeira, Granderson, Jeter, and A-Rod, which by my count is around $90M in annual salary. Their pitching is OK, but their offense is among the top third in the AL--without those big money guys. Brian Cashman seems to know what he is doing.
The miracle for the Sox has to be the starting pitching, which has been amazingly consistent while using, so far, 7 different starters--Buchholz, Lester, Dempster, Doubront, Lackey, Aceves, and Webster. Bullpen has been up and down but overall pretty decent and has the potential for four really good ones--Bailey, Hanrahan, Uehara, and Tazawa. After 19 games, 2d best ERA in the AL. Last night I wanted to strangle Doubront, but he ended up going 6 2/3 with 3 runs given up.
The offense is not hitting all that well, but is scoring runs. And I think it will only get better because Pedroia, Middlebrooks, Ellsbury, Drew, and Saltalamacchia can all hit better than they have so far. Victorino has no power, but is very effective in the 2 slot. Pedroia so far is showing no power, which is not so good in the 3 slot. Worth noting is that Bradley and Iglesias are starting to hit at Pawtucket.
About the class thing. I don't like beards on ballplayers--or long hair. But that's just my own prejudice. And the Yankees pay extra for those cleanshaven faces and shorn locks.