The past couple of years have been a struggle for the Yankees. Well of course some teams wish they could contend for the playoffs during the years that they struggle, but in the eyes of the Yankees, they were struggling. The Yankees have finally changed their ways. In the past, it used to just be “Oh, let’s sign a stud for $200 million and have him win us a World Series.” That has worked in the past but the game is changing. It’s becoming younger and the Yankees are joining that trend.
Young studs like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have brought this ball club back to life. They are certainly following in the footsteps of Yankee greats like the Core 4, Mickey, Babe, and the list goes on and on. Judge and Sanchez understand the roles that they are in and are ready to win right away. The Yankee mentality has always been that if a championship is not won, then the season is a failure. That is the reason why even during a rebuilding phase, they still win.
The thing that could most damage the hot start is the rotation. Coming into the season, everybody was worried about how they would hold up. Nobody knew who was going to take that 5th spot until that game actually came and it was Jordan Montgomery who won the job. The only one that had a secure job coming into the year was the ace, Masahiro Tanaka. Although the rotation has not been spectacular, they have gotten the job done. The biggest question mark on the staff coming into the season was the young guy, Louis Severino. His rookie year was very good. He started 11 games, going 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 62.1 innings pitched. His second year was the true definition of a “Sophomore Slump.” His start was so bad that he got moved to the bullpen. He finished the season appearing in 22 games, with 11 starts, while going 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA in 71 innings pitched. Through the first month and a half of the season, he has seemed to find his groove again. If the rotation can do their job, the Yankees have the offense and the bullpen power to keep going and make a push for the division title at the end of the season.