It’s hard to believe a franchise with 27 World Series wins could ever be considered an underdog, but the Yankees entered this season well off most people’s shortlist of title contenders.
The Bronx Bombers have exceeded almost everyone’s wildest expectations so far this season. Their latest exploit was a 10-4 win Monday against the Reds. It was New York’s sixth straight win, and at 21-9, they own the best record in baseball.
Fresh off an 18-inning extravaganza Sunday night, which capped a sweep over the Cubs, New York fought through tired legs to spatter 13 hits two of which were home runs against the Reds to continue their unrivaled form.
Catcher Gary Sanchez led the Yankees offensively, collecting three hits with two RBIs and a walk. Matt Holliday and Brett Gardner both crushed home runs, while Jacoby Ellsbury reached base four times (three walks).
Scouts would say he has high upside because he only played one year of college ball, Schwartz said. You can spin it any way you want but he’s a good player. He’s physical and he’s athletic.
Ramczyk said every team he met with last month at the NFL Combine made testing his football IQ a big part of the process.’
Can Kris Bryant get better? Bryant has been so good since joining the Cubs in 2015, posting the highest total WAR in a player’s first two season of anyone in MLB history (13.6). It’s fair to wonder just how much he might improve. The 25-year-old struck out 45 fewer times in 2016 than in his rookie season, despite 49 more at bats, while improving in every category besides steals and walks. He’s already a plus fielder as well. Playing at hitter-friendly Wrigley Field and with two years of experience under his belt, can Bryant up his power numbers to reach the 45-50 home run plateau?