New York Yankees using the power of the long ball

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Giancarlo Stanton (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Giancarlo Stanton (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The New York Yankees are 4-2 in part due to the power of the long ball.

The New York Yankees have started out the season strong, winning four of their first six games. The pitching has been solid, as the pinstripes sit in the top ten in ERA with a 3.46. Ironically the bats have not gotten into the consistent swing of things. New York’s .231 batting average currently sits them 20th in the league at this point. But that doesn’t mean the bats have completely gone cold.

If you hadn’t noticed, they acquired one of the best home run hitters in the sport in Giancarlo Stanton. They also sport a guy named Aaron Judge and another player named Gary Sanchez. Didi Gregorius isn’t too bad either. So what does that all mean?

The Yankees have been using the power of the long ball to win games. With 11 so far in 2018 the Bronx Bombers are earning the moniker by sitting tied for third-most in the majors. Seven different players have already gotten into the act.

Despite being booed the other day, Stanton is leading the way with three home runs, hitting his first Yankee Stadium bomb on Wednesday. The high number is even more impressive when you note that Judge and Sanchez has hit just one each. Tyler Austin has two so far, as does Gregorius. The majority of the roster is getting in on the act.

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Does the average need to come up? Of course. But, the long ball is a very effective weapon in the American League. Without the pitcher batting, the lineups are big hitters against big hitters on a nightly basis.  There aren’t typically weaker hitters at the bottom of the lineup like in the National League. Having a share of the power stroke is important.

Clearly the Bronx Bombers are living up to their moniker. That plus the pitching could have the Yankees on their way to a big year.