There is no other to put it other than the fact that Aaron Judge is the best baseball player in the game right now. The Yankees right fielder never fails to surprise everyone and his bashing all the expectations that everyone had for him. In the preseason, I said that if he went on to hit 25 home runs for the Yankees, it would be considered a great season for him. He is currently on pace for 57 home runs and should reach my goal of 25 home runs within the next week. Judge is not the only Yankees player carrying them, they are getting contributions from almost every position. They finished their home stand with a five game winning streak, and none of the wins were ever in question. Even though the offense is making sure that the starters can have bad starts and still win, the rotation looks extremely dominant. Except for one glaring hole on the team, this Yankee team look like it will be one of the best teams in franchise history.
The Yanks had a very important home stand last week against two teams that were chasing them for first place. After dropping the first game against the Red Sox, they won five games in a row and have extended their lead in the division. The offense put up numbers that have never been seen before and does not look like they will stop as they head out west for a road trip along the west coast. The Yankees still have not solved the problem that everyone knows about, which is Masahiro Tanaka.
Tanaka struggled again when facing the Red Sox, a team he had dominated earlier in the season. There is something wrong either physically or mechanically with Tanaka and if that gets fixed, then no one has an idea how far this Yankees team can go in the postseason. Tanaka got an extra day off yesterday and he has an important start today in a non hitter friendly park, if he struggles tonight, then the Yanks should consider shutting him down.
The offense is obviously being led by Judge, but the other players on the team are not far behind, among them are Gary Sanchez. It looks like Gary Sanchez has finally started going this season, and as we saw last year, when Sanchie is hot, no pitcher can stop him. Aaron Hicks, Starlin Castro, and Didi ended up on the Yankees thanks to excellent trades by Brian Cashman. The three players are among the best players for their position and are for sure playing an integral part in the success of the Yankees.
The Yankees are not facing great teams in this west coast trip, so I expect their hot streak to travel with them on the cross country flight. The Yankees need to start distancing themselves from the rest of the division, and that can only happen if they dominate stretches like this upcoming west coast trip.