Yes, they were swept by the Red Sox in particularly ugly fashion last week, but in a way, that just makes the past few weeks look even more impressive. In those games against teams other than Boston, the Yankees went 12-4, good for a .750 winning percentage. That’s a tremendous run considering the teams and pitchers they faced, and the fact that nine of those games were played on the West Coast. And yes, the A’s and Indians are in tailspins at the moment, but it’s still an impressive feat to have taken six of seven games from those two teams.
Of course, not everything has come up roses for the Yankees. They lost Joba Chamberlain for the season to a torn ligament in his elbow, Derek Jeter for a couple of weeks to a strained calf, and Bartolo Colon for Mo knows how long to a hamstring injury, but none of that slowed the Yankees down over the past three games as they outscored the defending American League champions and current A.L. West division leader by a combined 27-11 margin.
Now the Bombers will embark on the bulk of their interleague schedule, traveling to Chicago and Cincinnati before coming home to face the Rockies and Brewers to finsih out the month of June. There’s certainly some quality teams in there, and it’s hard to say you ever have a prolonged stretch of easy games, but the next last 12 games of the month of June certainly look much easier on paper than the first 14 did.
The fact of the matter is that, no matter how they fared against the Red Sox or how well Boston is playing right now, the Yankees just completed a stretch of the schedule that we all thought could be a major hurdle before it started, and they’ve come out on the other side with a very good overall record over the past three weeks. That’s a huge victory for this team in the grand scheme of things, and you should be feeling pretty good about baseball today if you’re a Yankee fan.