The New York Yankees have won nine games in a row through Sunday and in the process their future odds have been cut in half.
At the beginning of that streak, the LVH Super Book had the Yankees posted at 10-to-1 to win the World Series and now they currently listed at 5-1 as a co-favorite to win it all with the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers.
The Yankees (40-25) just swept three straight series of three games or more for the first time since 1998, a year they walked away with one of their 27 championships. And, they did it all against National League teams.
This is nothing new for the Yankees who own the best interleague record (167-109) in MLB history. After sweeping the Mets, the Yankees also took down the Braves and then the first-place Nationals over the weekend. Washington had a six game winning going into that series.
With six more interleague games to go, the Yankees probably wish they could keep slapping the NL around for a little longer as they’ve gone 10-2 this season.
The Yankees rise to the top began after a three-game losing streak on May 21 when they were tied for last in the AL East with a 21-21 record. In the time span since, the Yankees have gone 19-4 using a steady dose of a winning baseball formula with everyone contributing and getting outstanding starting pitching.
A new hero seems to come up with a key hit every game and the pitching staff has allowed four runs or more only twice in the 19 wins since May 22.
“You feel like your guys are going to get it done when you’re playing as well as we are,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the Washington series. “No matter what the situation is, you feel like you’re going to get it done.”
It hasn’t mattered whether Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda or Phil Hughes is pitching, the Yankees just get the job done. While C.C. Sabathia continues to pile up wins in his traditional consistent fashion, the standout through the streak has been Ivan Nova who has started a streak of his own going 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA during the Yankees 19-4 run.
“I’ve got five in a row, but we’ve got nine in a row,” Nova told reporters. “That’s amazing for me, the way I feel right now. I’m so happy the way we’ve been throwing the ball.”
Nova pitches again this Saturday in Queens against Chris Young and the Mets. Before that series the Yankees have a three game set at the Stadium against the Atlanta Braves.
We’re only in June with lots of baseball to go, but it seems like we’ve seen this story before out of the Yankees and it usually plays out with the final scene happening deep intothe playoffs. Because of the Yankees current form, it could be a strong argument that the Yankees are baseball’s best team right now.
The Las Vegas odds certainly say they are, but we’ll see what their made of when they finish off wiping out NL teams and get back to their own league. The four series they play just before the all-star break are the Indians, White Sox,Rays and the always tough Red Sox.