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Record: 27-21; Half-game back of first place
The Good: As usual, the Bronx Bombers are a stacked team in 2011. They currently lead the majors in home runs with 75 and are first in the AL with 250 runs. Curtis Granderson is having a stellar year with a .280 average and 16 home runs, clutch. Mark Teixeira is having another good year belting out 13 homers and 32 RBI to date.
On the defensive side of the ball, Derek Jeter is still a solid mainstay at short and for the most part doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon. A pleasant surprise for the Yankees this year is that of Bartolo Colon. Although he is just 2-3 in 10 starts thus far, Bartolo has come in and done his job and is second on the team with 56 strikeouts. That is just a few strikeouts short of All-Star Yankee No. 1 ace CC Sabathia.
The Bad: In his first two seasons, AJ Burnett was extremely inconsistent. In 2010, he posted a dismal record of 10-15 in 33 games started. If the Yankees want to battle for first place, Burnett needs to find his game and quick. Though Burnett is 5-3 so far this season, he has a ERA of just over 4.00 and is getting into the part of the schedule where he tends to struggle. The Yankees lack of depth and consistency at the starting pitcher position needs to be figured out, and quick.
It is no secret that the Yankees are bound to be one of the top two teams in the AL East come September, but there will need to be some improvements made to the lineup before that time comes. As the dynasty always does, they will figure out a way to make the numbers work with some star come trade deadline time and make a big splash prior to the postseason run.