Well, the Yanks are back to .500, and so much for the high-powered AL East – .500 puts us in second place. With that said however, the starting pitching has been dominant over the last week and a half, and this has translated into a 7-2 record over the last nine games. So, for everyone out there who continues to think the Yankees are in trouble this season, look beyond the overall record. Since Steinbrenner’s public statement after the 9-14 start, the Yankees have responded to win 7 of 9 (and this is without The Rocket or his heir apparent, Phil Hughes). Patience is a virtue, so keep thinking positive – our boys will be where they need to be in due time.
And as for Mr. Rodriguez, not only was he named April’s Clutch Player of the Month , he seems to be in a great state of mind recently, even as he’s weathered what some may call a “mini-slump” (given his numbers in April, ANYTHING less is considered a slump!). This is important, because baseball is all about peaks and valleys. Not only is it productive for the fans to support their players during both the highs and the lows, it’s imperitive for Alex to keep the same, calm, positive approach whether he’s hitting a home run every 5.1 at-bats or not. This shows balance, maturity, and confidence in his abilities.
With this frame of mind on full display, expect A-Rod to enter another peak-period very soon.