Despite starting off the season pretty slow, some players on the Yankees have trended in the opposite direction and have started off red-hot.
The New York Yankees have not gotten off to the start they were hoping for this season. The 8-9 record, and dropping three straight home series to open the season for the first time since the early ’80s. But it hasn’t been all bad as four Yankees have gotten off to hot starts.
The Yankees had a kinda-sorta competition during Spring Training to see who would walk away with a starting rotation spot. Domingo German would emerge as the victor and German has proven he was the right choice for the starting rotation. After three starts and a relief appearance, Domingo is sporting an ERA of 1.38 with 14 strikeouts in just 13 innings of work.
One of the more questionable signings of the offseason by the Yankee-Twitterverse was the signing of DJ LeMahieu. (Because it took the Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes.) But now the move looks like divine intervention as DJ has been the best Yankee so far this season. Currently, DJ is batting .396 with 7 RBI’s. LeMahieu has reached base 24 of his 55 plate appearances this season for a .455 On Base Percentage. Without DJ LeMahieu the Yankees would be sitting at much than 6-9.
Injuries have been the befoulment of this team early on this season. But it is because of the injuries that our depth is being tested. And a part of that depth resides with the young outfielder, Clint Frazier. Clint has been a highly touted prospect in the past. And while his service time has exceeded that “Rookie” label, Clint hasn’t truly had a regular opportunity to play and prove his merit.
This is now that opportunity and Frazier is taking advantage of it. Over the last seven games, Clint has a slash line of .320/.333/.560. When Frazier was acquired, we heard about his “legendary” bat speed, and now we are getting a full dose. And it’s a sight to behold.
This New York Yankees team is under the control of one man, Aaron…Aaron Judge. How Aaron Judge goes so go the New York Yankees (when at full strength.) This year it took Judge a few at-bats to get this going. But now Judge sits with four home runs, 10 RBI’s and a slash line of .278/.412./519. When the weather starts to heat up so will Aaron Judge. So to quote Ken Singleton, “Look Out!”