Yankees Power Rankings Roundup: Week 3
Below is a graph of where the Yankees have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Yankees this week:
Yankees ranked 10th - "CC Sabathia has a 1.47 ERA through his first three starts, capped by a 7?-inning, one-earned-run performance against the Cardinals on Saturday. That's his best through his first three starts since 2011, when he posted a 1.45 ERA and finished up at 3.00, his second-lowest full-season ERA. He finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting that year but hasn't received votes in any season since. -- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information"
Yankees ranked 11th - "Aroldis Chapman struck out eight of the first 17 batters he faced."
Yankees ranked 11th - "Seven straight wins, including three against Cardinals in rematch of ’64 Series."
Yankees ranked 10th - "So much for the rotation being the glaring weakness on the New York Yankees roster.
The starting staff went a combined 5-0 with a 2.48 ERA and 0.83 WHIP last week, tallying five quality starts in six games and getting a particularly promising outing from young right-hander Luis Severino.
The 23-year-old allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out a career-high 11 in seven innings of work against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, earning praise from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez in the process.
Masahiro Tanaka also turned in a quality start after getting roughed up in his first two outings, and he'll obviously be counted on to lead the staff going forward.
So after dropping five spots last week following a 2-4 start, the Yankees climb above their Opening Day rank thanks to their sweeps of the Rays and Cardinals.
Up next: The Chicago White Sox at home and a trip to take on a Pittsburgh Pirates team that just swept the Cubs."
Yankees ranked 10th - "One Nice Thing: The ever mercurial Michael Pineda has emerged as the Yankees ace over the last week, throwing 14.2 innings, striking out 17 and allowing only three runs in two wins.
One Not-So-Nice Thing: Before his homer Sunday, Greg Bird had one hit in 26 at-bats."