The Yankees are doing all of this damage without a true ace in their pitching staff. Masahiro Tanaka, their pitcher who most closely resembles an ace, gave up four runs (three earned) in seven innings Monday. He struck out six batters and improved to 5-1 on the season, but he also raised his ERA to 4.36.
While it’s easy to marvel at the Yankees’ early-season accomplishments, it’s worth speculating whether or not it can all last. Right now, New York is getting an explosive blend of young talent taking opposing pitchers by surprise and veterans greatly surpassing their career trajectory.
But this isn’t just any team. The Yankees know how to win.
The Cubs broke an 108-year World Series drought last season, sparking a revolution in Chicago. While the Yankees’ current drought is nowhere near that number, eight years might feel like an eternity to a New York fan base so used to winning.
Since their separation, it has been determined that neither would count as an at-bat, thus not harming a player’s batting average, but that sacrifice bunts would not be held against a Cheap Basketball Jerseys player’s on-base percentage. This, of course, raises an issue.
“How many base hit bunt attempts end up being sacrifice bunts because runners advance, but the batter was thrown out at first?” said Cody Asche of the White Sox. “At best you get a hit, at worst you don’t impact your numbers. Which is (essentially) the same as with a sacrifice fly. At best you get an extra-base hit, at worst a sacrifice fly. Don’t execute either way? It is a non-productive out.”
So why penalize a batter who produces an unquestionably productive out?