New York at Toronto, May 2-4

Monday, May 02 2022 @ 05:00 PM EDT

Contributed by: Magpie

Damn Yankees. Damn first-place Yankees. Evil, imperial, and winners of their last nine games. Be nice to mess with their vibe, or whatever.

The Yankees score more runs than anyone else in the American League, and they give up fewer. (You know, that could be why they've won so many of their games.) Joey Gallo has been pretty bad, and Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton haven't done a whole lot. But they'll probably pick up the tempo at some point. In the meantime, D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks have been great, Aaron Judge has been better than that, and Anthony Rizzo is on pace to hit 72 home runs. I don't think he will, but he certainly seems to like his new home park - he's hit 7 homers there in 13 games.

On the hill, the starting pitchers have ERAs that range from 1.31 to 3.75, which will keep you in most ball games. Aroldis Chapman remains a nasty piece of work, and while he's been fighting his control, he's also been impossible to hit. He's received excellent support from Michael King, Clay Holmes, and - is it really him? - Miguel Castro.

Damn Yankees. So tiresome. Someone ought to break their... stride.

But maybe we could point out that just 4 of the Yankees 22 games so far have come against a team with a winning record. Those were the four games they split with the Blue Jays at the Stadium in early April. They've played Baltimore 6 times, and 3 game sets with Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, and Kansas City. Time they ran into some tougher competition, I should think.


Mon 2 May - Montgomery (0-1, 2.70) vs Stripling (0-0, 3.60)
Tue 3 May - Taillon (1-1, 3.26) vs Manoah (4-0, 1.44)
Wed 4 May - Cortes (1-0, 1.31) vs Kikuchi (0-1, 5.52)