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Melissa Underwood Dec 5 '18
It's hard to believe a franchise with 27 World Series Aaron Loup Jersey wins couldever 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).The Yankees are doing all of this damage without a true ace in their pitching staff. Masahiro Tanaka, their pitcher who most closely resembles an ace, gave up four runs (three earned) in seven innings Monday. He struck out six batters and improved to 5-1 on the season, but he also raised his ERA to 4.36.While it's easy Jose Bautista Flex Base Scarlet Jersey to marvel at the Yankees' early-season accomplishments, it's worth speculating whether or not it can all last. Right now, New York is getting an explosive blend of young talent taking opposing pitchers by surprise and veterans greatly surpa sing their career trajectory.But this isn't just any team. The Yankees know how to win.The Cubs broke an 108-year World Series drought last season, sparking a revolution in Chicago.While the Yankees' current drought is nowhere near that number, eight years might feel like an eternity to a New York fan baseso used to winning.Studs of the nightAthletes play with a little something extra against their former teams, and Royals starting pitcher Nate Karns was no exceptionin a 7-3 win over the Rays. Marcus Stroman Cool Base Royal Jersey Karns carved up his former team for 10 strikeouts, which matched a career high. He also improved to 2-2 with the win.Marcell Ozuna may not be the biggest name on the Marlins' roster, but the underrated outfielder continued to rake in a 9-4 lo s to the Cardinals. Ozuna went 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs to raise his average to .325 for the season.Dud of the nightNationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was forcedto watch a few too many of his pitches sail overthe fences at Camden Yards. Gonzalez allowed six earned runs off of seven hits, four walks and three home Jose Bautista Jersey runs in just six innings pitched. He fell to 3-1 on the season as the Nationals lost 6-4 to the Orioles.HighlightThis play is going to seem ridiculous, but it is a mere routine catch for the likes of Kevin Pillar:.@KPILLAR4 specializes in the ridiculous. MLB (@MLB) May 9, 2017Pillar went hitle s in the Blue Jays' 4-2 win Justin Smoak Jersey against the Indians, but he is still batting .305 for the season.What's nextTigers (15-15) at Diamondbacks (18-15), 9:40 p.m. ET Detroit finally looks set to make a change at closer withFrancisco Rodriguez reeling. That, along with the fact Justin Verlander(2-2, 4.21 ERA) is on the mound, should ease the restle s Tigers fans in Detroit. Arizona will counter with former Tiger prospect Robbie Ray(2-2, 3.47 ERA), who has turned into a strikeout artist.