Which New York Yankees are Leading the Way After Three Weeks?
We're approaching the three-week mark of the 2022 MLB season, and the New York Yankees are off to a fast start.
The team currently sits at 11-6, one half game back of the Toronto Blue Jays for the best record in the AL East. Not only that, but they're one half game back of having the best record in the American League as a whole.
It hasn't been a one-sided approach, either. The offense, defense and pitching staff have all pulled their weight, and manager Aaron Boone has put it all together extremely well. Here are the players that have been out-performing the rest for the Bombers thus far in 2022.
Hits: DJ LeMahieu (19)
LeMahieu was on the outside of the starting lineup looking in on Opening Day, but has played himself back into the lineup, and it appears as though he's here to stay. After struggling through an injury-plagued 2021 season, he is healthy, and performing at a high level while maintaining defensive versatility in the infield.
Home Runs, RBIs: Anthony Rizzo (8, 18)
In a move that's quickly becoming one of the best offseason signings anywhere in the league, Rizzo is showing flashes of his old self. His power numbers are off-the-charts, and he's locked down a position that has been a bit of a revolving door for the Yankees since the departure of Mark Texiera.
Strikeouts: Joey Gallo (23)
Gallo had his first home run of the season on Tuesday night, so maybe the tides are turning for the embattled outfielder. So many at-bats, however, have the feeling that Gallo is trying to do too much, and in the process, is doing too little, and he's been losing playing time at an increasing rate.
Wins: Luis Severino (2)
Severino's appearances have gotten longer as the season has gone on, as well, showing that he's slowly returning to a fully-healthy form in 2022. He's been consistently hitting the strike zone with his pitches, and has shown flashes of the ace that the Yankees locked up for the long-term a few seasons ago.
Starter ERA: Nestor Cortes (1.15)
Cortes is following up a stellar 2021 campaign with an even more impressive start to 2022. He's gone from long relief pitcher, to fringe starter, to top-of-the-rotation performer in short order, and looks ready to continue throwing in high-leverage situations for the Yankees.
Earned Runs: Gerrit Cole (8)
Do the math: that's an average of only two earned runs per start for Gerrit Cole. He really seemed to settle in against the Cleveland Guardians, showing flashes of the perennial Cy Young candidate that Yankees' fans have come to expect.
Cole leading this category with eight earned runs is more of a compliment to the rest of the rotation than anything else.
Saves, Reliever ERA: Aroldis Chapman (4, 0.00)
He'll have his blips on the radar, his blow-ups, and his cold stretches. That said, when he's on, Aroldis Chapman is still one of the most dominant closers that the game has ever seen. He's been an anchor at the back end of the 'pen all season long, and seems poised to continue to do so.