Saturday, August 15, 2009

Share the Wealth

The Yankees have turned into a juggernaut.

They pitch. They hit. They field. They save. They win.

The team has lost back-to-back games only once since the All Star break, and only twice since the end of Interleague play--June 24th.

In one week they won games started by Roy Halladay, Mark Buerhle, Jon Lester and Josh Beckett.

They have out-scored, out-hit and out-clutched their opponents.

They've done it all as a team.

This is not a team that has been carried by just one pitcher or just one hitter. Sure, sometimes it might seem like Teixeira and Sabathia are carrying the team, but that's really not the case.

Everyone is producing.

The old guard--Jeter, Posada, Pettutte, Rivera, the old guys--Damon, Matsui, the young guys--Canó, Cabrera, Gardner, Hughes, Chamberlain, the new guys--Sabathia, Burnett, Teixeira, Swisher....everyone.

Anyone not named Sergio Mitre (spot previously held by Chien Ming Wang in 09, Ponson/Rasner in 08, Igawa in 07, etc) can be on the mound, and any Yankee can be at the plate and you can be reasonably confident in this team's chances.

The Red Sox may have had their most important victory of the season last night, and they gained no ground on the Yankees.

No other team has a division lead this large, at a time when teams will traditionally begin to pull away.

Right now, the Yankees making the playoffs would not be news, but perhaps, maybe what Joe Girardi has done here should be.

Joe Torre had managed multiple seasons with NL teams before coming to the Yankees.

Joe Girardi is only in his third year managing, ever.

His team has the best record in the game and is on pace to win 100.

Pretty cool, no?