|Far ahead of expectations Vernon Wells celebrates another Yankee win.|
They play a series against the Blue Jays later this week and I would have expected that New York would be in last and the Blue Jays in first, but it's the other way around.
Say, I couldn't figure out why the heck they rehired him in the first place, but when are the Jays gonna get rid of John Gibbons?
The Yanks are winning with just one star performing as he usually does, i.e., Robinson Cano. Ichiro Suzuki is recovering from a terrible start. Francesco Cervelli got off to a surprisingly good start and then broke his hand, to join Jeter, A-Rod, Teixeira, and Granderson on the DL.
|Jayson Nix congratulates Lyle Overbay on a home run |
that gave him two of his five RBIs against the Royals on Friday.
Lyle Overbay has also hit better than expected and Travis Hafner, who's thrilled not to have to play the field, has been Mr. Consistent with a .999 OPS and a .582 Slugging Average.
Their big three have been excellent. Hiroki Kurado is 5-2, with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. C.C. Sabathia is 4-3, 3.23 and ancient Andy Pettitte is 4-2, 3.83. Even Joba Chamberlain, fresh off a dustup with Mariano Rivera, is pitching well.
"I still think we have a lot of good players," says Joe Girardi. "Maybe not the names of the guys we're used to having her, but guys that have had big years. They're playing extremely well. It seems to be a different guy every night finding a way to get it done for us."
Worse news for the rest of the league is that Curtis Granderson had eight hits in five rehab games with the Scanton Wiles-Barre Rail Riders last week and appears ready to return.
Final Note: Is Miguel Cabrera planning to win back-to-back Triple Crowns? He's second in average at .369, first in runs batted in (40), and only a few back of the lead in home runs.