MLB Team Most Likely to Maintain Early Success

By on May 19, 2015

HOP_9599Several teams have started the 2015 season quite well. In fact, you’ve probably stopped scratching your head just long enough to read this article. That is, if you’ve been following the Astros and their early success. On the flip-side, you may also be wondering what is going on with the Orioles and Indians. Currently in last place, both teams have high hopes for 2015. Cleveland, fresh off of a Cy Young 2014 from Corey Kluber; Baltimore, having re-tooled the outfield and regained a healthy Chris Davis. But let’s focus on the positive so far! One team in particular that has started hot and should be able to sustain a top spot in their division is the…

New York Yankees (current record 22-17; 1st in AL East)

Perhaps the biggest reason why the Yankees should expect continued success, Alex Rodriguez has proven that he is not only healthy, but also that the full-season suspension he served for PED’s in 2014 has not affected his ability to hit a baseball. The Yankees have recently announced that A-Rod will serve as DH-only. He will not be making appearances at third base or first base.

The Yankees not only have the best 1-2 punch atop their lineup, they also have the best 1-2 punch in the bullpen. The table-setting combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner have set the pace with 85 hits and 24 stolen bases. Bullpen mates, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller make opponents feel as though they are playing a seven-inning game. The eighth inning and ninth inning are locked up by these two. Miller has totalled 17.2 innings pitched, struck out 29 batters, and only given up three hits. His predecessor, Betances has whiffed 32 batters in just 21 innings of work. They have yet to allow a single run to cross home plate.

The American League East is a difficult division; these teams spend all summer beating up on each other. The Yankees, however, are built to last. The biggest question mark for them will be the starting rotation. Specifically, the health of Masahiro Tanaka. Coincidentally, Tanaka is set to throw a bullpen session on Monday. Expect his first rehab start to come later in the week.

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