Nothing to worry about at first pitch
Really. And when was the last time you felt like that about the Yankees?
Just about everyone is healthy. Just about everyone is hitting. All five of their starting pitchers are performing well. And even their RISP management has improved.
When things are going like this, it makes you wonder just how good a season these Yankees will wind up having.
Then again, considering the pessimism that is the nature of most fans, it might also be a signal to start wondering how long it can all last, and where the next crisis will come from.
You want to create problems, you can obsess over Cory Wade, who had an awful ninth inning last night, turning a 6-0 laugher into a 6-4 head-scratcher.
Since May 28, when Wade allowed a walkoff home run in Anaheim to Mark Trumbo of the Angels, he is 0-1 with two blown saves in 12 appearances, a span of 8-2/3 innings, in which he has allowed four home runs. Worst of all, his ERA over that period is a whopping 10.38.
Until that point, Wade was a valuable member of the bullpen, a go-to guy in the sixth and seventh innings while waiting for David Robertson and Rafael Soriano to come in and finish.
But you know what? Over the period of Wade’s decline, the Yankees are 19-6 and have gone from third place in the AL East, 2-1/2 games back, to the top of the division, four games in front of the Orioles.
With Joba Chamberlain and David Aardsma making progress in their attempts to return from Tommy John surgery, Wade has another month at least to work out his problems in games like last night’s. So if that’s the biggest problem we can come up with right now, well, the Yankees don’t have any real problems at all.
Yes, Russell Martin’s back in still a little sore, and Joe Girardi now acknowledges there’s no way Brett Gardner is coming back before the end of July, but so what?
The way things are going, I wouldn’t expect the Yankees to be very active at the trading deadline unless catastrophe strikes in the next three weeks.