Our State of the Yankees column is back for its seventh installment on this Memorial Day with a five-game win streak that has the Bronx Bombers finally resembling the title contenders everyone thought they would be. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next Sunday night for the latest from the New York Yankees right here.
Opening StatementLeading up to this past week, the Yankees were simply mediocre, unable to make a move toward the top of the AL East. Mediocre is all well and good at this point in the season for most teams, but the Yankees aren't like most teams, where expectations are always through the roof, and rightfully so. When the team dropped the week's opener to the Royals, getting shutout in the process, not only were the Yankees struggling mightily and failing in every way on their lofty expectations, they were just one loss away from dropping below .500. That big loss to the Royals, however, may have been the ultimate wake up call. Since that game, where the Yankees fell to 21-21 overall, they haven't lost a game. The Yankees won the final two games of a three-game series with the Royals and then swept a three-game set with the Athletics. Heading into Monday night's game with the Angels, the Yankees have moved five games over at 26-21. Not only that, but each starting pitcher won during that time, with Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova, CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, who was roughed up at the beginning of the week, all pitching the Yankees to victory. That is a great sign. The Yankees are currently two games back of both the Rays and Orioles, and two up on the Blue Jays and two-and-a-half on the Red Sox.