Going into the 2017 MLB season, the New York Yankees were expected to be competitive, in the always tough AL East. They were not expected to be one of the best teams in the American League. Well, a month into the season, the Yankees are leading their division with a 17-9 record, one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.
A powerful offense has helped the Bronx Bombers get off to this solid start. In the first 26 games, the Yankees are scoring 5.69 runs per game, which ranks second in all of MLB. Right Fielder Aaron Judge has been leading the Yankee attack so far in 2017. He has 13 HR, which leads all of baseball, as well as 27 RBIs to lead his team. Second baseman Starlin Castro has a team-leading 38 hits to go along with a team best .362 average through the season’s first month.
Even though it’s early May, this weekend will test the Yankee offense when they travel to Wrigley Field for a three game series against the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs. On Friday afternoon, the Yankees will most likely see the defending ERA champion in the National League, Kyle Hendricks, as well as John Lester on Sunday evening. If New York performs well on the Northside of Chicago this weekend, it could prove that they are a viable contender in the American League.
If the offense continues on this pace until July, don’t be surprised if the Yankees go out and acquire more pitching to bolster their rotation. GM Brian Cashmam is never afraid to make a trade at the deadline. It has been widely assumed in the baseball wold that 2018 will be the year the Yankees get back amongst the American League’s elite. It looks like they might just be a year ahead of schedule.