Judge Leading Yankees to Top AL East

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.

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