With Aaron Judge sending a baseball into the stands every few at bats, the New York Yankees offense could not be much hotter to say the least. The Yankees are off to a strong start. New York Leads the AL East with a record of 20-9.
New York even has a half game lead over the Orioles. Right now their primary goal is to create a larger gap over the Orioles, and they are heading in a promising direction. The Yankees have put together five consecutive wins. They have left their opponents to 14 runs answered for in those games.
Their most recent victim was the Chicago Cubs. By now it is old news that the Chicago Cubs are a skilled team. They have made a big transformation over their past few seasons. They have pitching, offense and solid defense.
The Chicago Cubs had a record-setting season in 2016. After finishing off the year with over 100 wins, the Cubs were far from finished. They were just getting started. Chicago put an end to a 100 plus year championship drought, by winning the World Series.
They are the defending World Series Champions. Recently the New York Yankees found out the difficult way that the Cubs still have the same competitive fire this season as they did last. The Cubs showed they are prepared to give any of their opponents to cross their path a showdown, even the Yankees.
In the New York Yankees game against the Cubs yesterday, they may have been expecting nine innings of baseball, but the game turned out to be a lot longer than just nine innings. Chicago forced them into an 18 inning game, one of the longest in baseball this season, according to USA Today.
New York was able to finish the game on a high note, defeating the Cubs 5-4. With their Monday night win they successfully swept the defending champions. It may have been one of the Yankees most competitive games of the year.
Both teams combined for 48 strikeouts on the night. Pitching has not been an issue for the Yankees over their past couple of seasons, and they finally met their match in the Cubs. Chicago did something many teams have failed to do lately, they kept up with the Yankees pitching game.
After playing the equivalent of an extra game, the Yankees may be tired but they are turning their attention to their next opponent, the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati is also off to a fiery star, leading the NL Central with a record of 17-14. The Reds are also streaking, they have won their past five in a row.
Can the Yankees sweep the Reds? Will New York expand their lead of the AL East? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod