Monday, June 18, 2012
As 2012 moves along there are some things that I really like - and some things that concern me. First the good - obviously the Yanks are winning. The road trip that was mentioned in the prior post is clearly looking like it was the turning point for the club. The starting rotation is putting in quality starts, Soriano shows he has the closer mentality, and Cano is back to being Cano. The teams they have beat up on, are teams that ESPN had higher in the Power Rankings - not that it matters from a playoff standpoint or anything - but in my mind it shows a strength of schedule type thing. Something that concerns me though is the lack of separation in the division. Typically when a club goes on a roll like this they tend to create space between them and the field. While Boston remains in the basement and the Jays appear to be fading - it looks like O's are for real at only 1.5 games back and the leader for the Wild Card. This could turn out to be a real fight to take the division. Some other things that I like so far in 2012: The Red Sox in the basement. The Nationals in First, The Pirates Winning Record, The Mattingly-led Dodgers having the best record in baseball. Melkey F'n Cabrera batting .360 (what?!). And the debut not of Bryce Harper - but of Mike Trout. A few things, well, one item in particular that is on my mind from a negative standpoint: The continued decline in power numbers for A-Rod. You don't sign a guy to 9 figure contracts to bat 25 or fewer HRs per season and that's what it looks like he's on par for again. Let's see if momentum continues.