If the New York Yankees have the best record in major league baseball, it is in part because of their perseverance and their ability to pull themselves together quickly during a game.
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As they showed again Monday night, in a 9-5 triumph over the Oakland Athletics, the Bronx Bombers came from behind to win.
In fact, they lead the big leagues with 23 wins this season and if they continue on this path, they will have no difficulty finishing at the top of the American League East Division. With a record of 53-20 (before Tuesday) and a priority of about a dozen games, they remain well in control of the situation.
"We've been successful in a lot of different ways this year," veteran Josh Donaldson told MLB.com of the Yankees' decisive offensive pushes. We'll take it all, no matter how. I think our roster is very diverse in terms of scoring points and that's always an advantage."
“We believe in our group and we think we have the ability to score points, he insisted. Our bullpen does a great job of keeping us in the game, which gives us the skill to accomplish that offensively; insurance points are not awarded. Once this issue is settled, we can fight back with many points on the scoreboard.”
The cannons thunder
Collectively, manager Aaron Boone's men stand out in several categories in attack. They lead all major league baseball with 123 homers and 376 runs scored, as well as 285 walks. Individually, some perform as expected, particularly Aaron Judge. The slugger has hit 28 long balls so far, the most in the majors. His teammates Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton achieved 19 and 18 respectively.
But beyond the statistics, it is the desire to win that is proof of everything, according to Rizzo, invited to explain the successes of his family by the daily "New York Post".
“We fight every night. I believe we know that when we're in the dugout and that's good, he said. No matter the shot sent in our direction, we respond very well to all that.