What is it about this team that every-time someone gets hot, they get hurt?
Jacoby Ellsbury was back on a hot streak, and then sat for a few days late in the month because of an ankle sprain. Brett Gardner, one of the only guys to stay healthy this season, missed a few games after fouling a ball of his ankle. Mark Teixeira had his moments as well. Not to mention a 7-day DL stint for Brian McCann during his best streak of the season due to a concussion.
Derek Jeter, as much as it pains me to say it, has looked like a 40-year-old baseball player who should be retiring. It’s the final month of his baseball career (unless the Yankees make this final playoff push) and it’s sad, but it’s also time.
As has happened all season, the offense has been lacking, and the pitching has had to pick up the slack. Guys like David Robertson and Dellin Betances have had to pitch in tied or low scoring losing efforts way too often. And yet, they remain very much in the hunt for a postseason berth. But they need to start hitting.
Best Starter(s): Michael Pineda – He has put his back injury in the past, and could be 4-0 since making his return if not for the lack of run support. Pineda picked up where he left off in April, allowing just 6 runs in those 4 starts. But the most impressive thing about the 25-year-old’s return after 3 months on the DL? His 15 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio in that span. Most pitchers need time to find their control when coming off a long layoff.
Best Hitter: Martin Prado – He started off slowly after being acquired at the deadline, but had a nice stretch in the middle of the month to help keep the Bombers afloat.
Biggest Surprise: Michael Pineda.
Record vs AL East: 5-5
Overall Record: 70-65