Why the NY Yankees Will Remain in First and Never Look Back
There are a number of factors that have contributed to the success in New York in 2012, so let's take a look at why the Yankees are going to continue their dominance as the postseason approaches.
The Yankee bench has seemed to have the answer to all of the team's problems up to this point in the season.
Eduardo Nunez is still a consistent replacement in the infield, while Dewayne Wise has emerged as another solid outfield option.
With the talent that the Yankees have on their bench, they seem prepared to weather the worst of storms on their road to the World Series.
The division race has yet to heat up as the Yankees continue to coast on their now six game lead over Baltimore.
The Red Sox have yet to see their entire starting nine take the field together this season.
The team is hopeful to have him back sometime in August, but his return is still up in the air.
These teams all lack the depth to adequately handle these injuries and still compete with the Yankees for the AL East.
Mariano Rivera's early-season exit brought some immediate worries to Yankee fans everywhere.
Luckily, Rafael Soriano has emerged as the big-time closer in the bullpen.
His 1.66 ERA and dominating performance thus far are reminiscent of when he closed for the Rays just a few years back.
In the meantime, Freddy Garcia has stepped up to fill the void in the rotation left by Pettitte.
Despite all of the question marks that hovered around the Yankees pitching staff early on in the year, it looks as though they have enough quality guys to get the job done.
When batters No. 1 through No. 9 are all capable of putting the ball out of the park, opposing pitchers are left with very little room for error.
The Yankees currently lead the MLB with 150 home runs on the season.
Out of the 459 runs they have scored, 51.85 percent have come from the long ball.
Even Russell Martin, who is hitting a miserable .180 on the season, has 10 home runs under his belt.
With Ichiro now making his way into the lineup, you can bet that this is going to be the team to beat come this fall.