The New York Yankees are 25-16 and playing like the team they were at the end of last year.
But there is just one problem they can’t seem to stay healthy at all this year.
Whether it is the age factor that is keeping Jorge Posada out of the lineup, Mariano Rivera at times during the season, and Andy Pettitte; you inevitably have the “core four” you had the “sore four”, not including Derek Jeter.
More injuries have plagued key relief man Alfredo Aceves, Center Fielder Curtis Granderson, and Outfielder Nick Swisher.
Marcus Thames tripped on his own bat and sprained his ankle.
Now, that’s just bad luck. Not to mention they've lost their DH in Nick Johnson for 60 days to surgery.
So how do the Yankees respond to all these injuries?
They just have to keep on winning and finding a way on a nightly basis.
It seems like the bottom of the order keeps getting worse and worse.
It gets even worse when Ramiro Pena, the utility infielder, is out playing RF because you only have a one man bench after Thames went down. But yet they manage to stay above Boston and keep in contention with Tampa.
But if the Yankees can't start getting guys back there going to be in some major trouble.
Not to mention that Joba Chamberlain and Rivera have not been pitching well lately.
That is yet another break gone badly for the Yankees. Their bullpen is very slim as it is right now, and they could use the best players in their bullpen actually playing to their potential.
Outside of Joba and Mariano who is the next best guy? Chan Ho Park...Boone Logan...the Yankees need their core bullpen guys to get going.
Oh, I forget did I mention that now Mark Teixeira is back in his slump…yet again.
It seems that he gets hot and cold and hot and cold. People would be more on him if he was not the best fielding first baseman in the MLB. He is back to hitting .214 again with seven home runs another player on the Yankees who needs to step it up.
But after all of this, the Yankees still manage to be one of baseball’s best teams right now.
Not all is going bad for the Yankees, as now you see major production from home grown players such as Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli, who has burst on to the scene and has stepped up big by batting .362 with 17 RBI.
Also, Robinson Cano, seems like he will be holding up an MVP trophy at the end of the year. But it is only May so the Yankees have time to get there guys back and hopefully they can make their run back to the October Classic.