This April, I predicted an extremely rare forecast for the Yankees. As any of you saw from reading my blog, I announced that the Yankees would be roughly an 80-win team or finish two games under the .500 mark. I didn't get any one that was outraged or even gently disagreed with that sentiment.
After all, the Yankees looked like a beaten-down team. No Jeter until mid-season. No Texiera until late May. No Granderson until late May. And no A-Rod maybe forever. They picked up a small island of misfit toys to fill in for them until they got healthy. Retreads like Hafner and Wells were guys no team wanted and have played like they did long ago in their All Star seasons.
Their pitching staff, at least the reliable pitchers, looked either old or were breaking down. With limited exceptions, they have been quite good.
So here we are, on the evening of May 12th, Mother's Day, and the Yankees are in first place. And their biggest threat to their division title defense, the Toronto Blue Jays? How about last place and 9 1/2 games out.
GM Brian Cashman, long criticized as being an average executive with the biggest checkbook to pick up whatever pieces he needed at any time, is now the front runner for GM of the Year for picking up the pieces in the new Yankee Universe of cost-cutting to get below the cap.
Must be the Pinstripes