Don’t Worry About the Yankees Just Yet

The Bronx Bombers just had a slight delay before taking off

William Lehr, Staff Writer

The New York Yankees had an embarrassingly slow start to the 2021 season. For a while, they were even the last-place team in the American League.

This is mainly due to the inadequate offense. Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, and Gary Sanchez are all batting well under .200, while the rest of the squad is batting in the mid to low .200’s.

Luckily, the Yankees’ pitchers have been doing quite well. Ace Gerrit Cole has pitched 52.2 innings and only given up 8 earned runs. Additionally, he has a whopping 78 strikeouts and a minimal 3 walks.

The Yankee bullpen has also been dealing with Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman as a talented 8th and 9th inning duo. Chad Green has pitched 20.1 innings, during which he has let up 7 runs. He currently has an Earned Run Average of 2.21. Chapman has pitched 15 innings with 4 hits, 31 strikeouts, 5 walks, and 9 saves. He has also given up no runs.

The Yankees are currently 3rd in the AL East, only 2.0 games back from the first-place Boston Red Socks. They are 22-18 overall and 6-4 in their last 10 games. This was achieved in the absence of starting pitcher Luis Severino (elbow), relief pitcher Zack Britton (elbow), and starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt (elbow). Severino and Britton have been key elements for the Yankees, so who knows how powerful the team will be once everyone has recovered.

Don’t sleep on the Yankees – they have won their last 5 series against the Tigers, Astros, Nationals, Rays, and Orioles. There is also no need to worry about them. With injury the Yanks’ only obstacle, fans look forward to the possibility of qualifying for the World Series.