The Sports Broadcast

A blog about sports broadcasting from the great state of Florida. They report. I decide.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Here Come the Yankees

Well, after their ninth straight win, the New York Yankees have broken .500 and are gaining ground in the AL East. Of course, it helps that those nine wins came entirely against Oakland and Seattle, two light-hitting clubs sharing the AL West basement at 15-23. Each would still be under .500 if you discounted their losses to the Yankees in their latest stretch.

Once again, unbelievably high expectations plagued the team early on, exacerbated by the stunning collapse to the Red Sox last October. For a team with as much raw talent as New York has, all it needed was a shot of confidence. Tino Martinez's home run tear provided that, and the pitching was certainly helped by the weak lineups it faced.

So, which team is the real Yankees? It's not the team that started 12-19, because the lineup is too strong to languish for that long. It also isn't the team that has won nine straight, because the pitching is too old and/or inconsistent to just take over and dominate the league. The schedule looks favorable for more winning, with two more against Seattle, a series against the inconsistent Mets, and another against the mediocre Tigers before a "showdown" (as I'm sure the entire media will call it) against the Red Sox. After which, of course, the team gets a breather with a series in Kansas City before heading up to Minnesota.

Regardless, the Yankees have had a nice run, but yes, are still in fourth place. They are no longer in jeopardy of falling behind the Devil Rays, but they are not in command yet. If their pitchers remain fragile physically and emotionally, it could be a very long summer if the bats ever go cold again.