How is it possible to be this excited about a team in the month of April??
A-Rod is getting all of the attention right now as he should, mashing his way through the first month with a slugging % of .981. Let me repeat: -- a slugging % of .981. It is worth noting however, that his surrounding cast is putting him in position for these moments. Abreu went 4 for 5 today (batting .345 for the season - very quietly) Damon was on base three times today and is batting .300, not to mention Jeter who is batting .323 on the season thus far as well. When the table is set that often, between A-Rod, Giambi, and Cano - some runs are going to be coming home, and right now, it is A-Rod who's getting it done.
As it relates to hot starts, and what A-Rod's numbers may be projecting at it, I ask that you forget the HR record. When you have the likes of the three that are ahead of A-Rod in the batting order, one of the most untouchable records may ultimately prove to be within reach: the 77 year old, single season record for RBIs - 191 by Hack Wilson in 1930. Gehrig came close once, and that's about it. I think as the season goes on, that will get more attention by the "experts" more so than his growing HR total.
Final Grade For Series: A, as in A-Rod of course. (what's not to like? They swept the series, bull pen held up, starters did respectable, and, I'm still feeling the afterglow of today's dramatic win - so no wrongs to report and that the Mets still suck.)
On Deck: The dastardly Boston Red Sox. Pettitte and Schilling is the marquis match up, however I am eager to see how the young guns hold up in the pressure cooking, hitter's paradise of Fenway. As much as I love good quality games, I hope the Yankee offense stays hot and dusts up Dice-K for 10 earned. My prediction - Yanks take 2 of 3.