Yankees have been decimated by injuries, but they roll on atop the American League East
The Yankees went 20-7 in June, their most victories in a calendar month since they went 21-7 in August 2009. Thanks to seven shutout innings from Hiroki Kuroda on Saturday, they beat the White Sox 4-0 to erase the sting of Friday’s ugly defeat. The funny thing about the Yankees is they’ve been hit hard by injuries, but virtually everyone in baseball believes they’ll be back playing for a 28th championship this Fall.
They hit three home runs, giving them 122 and extending their record to 46-17 when they hit at least once. They’re 33-7 when they hit multiple home runs and 1-13 when they don’t homer. They’ve got six players–Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Raul Ibanez, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira–with double digit home runs.
Cano hit .340 in June with 21 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 11 home runs and 21 RBIs. He has homered in eight of the last 12 games and has 15 in his last 35 games. He hit four home runs in his first 42 games this season. He leads all MLB second basemen in home runs and slugging. Among Yankee second basemen, Cano’s 163 home runs are second only to Tony Lazzeri’s 169.
Today brought another milestone for Derek Jeter, who played in his 1,500th victory. He’s 1,500-999 for a .600 winning percentage. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he has the fewest losses ever at the time of his 1,500th victory.