The Yankees are hot! After a loss to Texas on Monday night, New York has won six games in a row. This is huge for a team who had one of, if not the worst starts in franchise history. Here are three things to watch for this week as the Yankees look to keep their winning streak going against the Blue Jays and the Tigers.
The Red Sox and Rays
Boston and Tampa Bay are currently tied for first in the American League East at 29-19. The Yankees trail them by just a half game at 28-19.
The Red Sox will have two off days this week. They’re taking on the Braves in a two-game set before hosting the Marlins over the weekend.
The Rays have a game against the Blue Jays on Monday. After that, they will host the Royals for three games then face the Phillies on Saturday and Sunday.
Some teams can struggle in interleague play. Both Boston and Tampa Bay are facing at least one National League opponent this week. If they struggle in those games, that could help the Yankees’ chances of being on top of the AL East by the end of this week.
Is Gleyber Back?
Saying Gleyber Torres started this season in a slump may be a generous way of putting it. However, he definitely turned things around this past week. In 26 plate appearances, Torres slashed .462/.481/.731. He had nine RBIs and 12 hits in that span. Those numbers help put his OPS up to .708 through 37 games so far this season. There is still a lot of baseball left, and time will tell if Torres can continue to produce for this club.
More Outstanding Pitching
A no-hitter, three shutouts and 14 runs allowed. That is what the Yankees pitching staff did this week. That is an average of two runs per game, which brought down their already American League leading ERA. The no-hitter came from Corey Kluber against the Texas Rangers. The Bronx Bombers won that game 2-0, and then won by the same score for a second night in the following game.
The club went on a stretch from Wednesday through Saturday where they allowed one total run which came from a bloop single with the infield in.
New York is pitching extremely well and consistent this season, and it has been fun to watch, especially with improvements on the offensive end.
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