The New York Yankees are rolling.
After a mediocre start, the Bronx Bombers are red-hot, having won 10 games in a row and surging to the best record in all of baseball at 17-6.
Their narrow 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays ran their streak up to 10.
Plenty of success stories have emerged from this impressive run by the Yankees.
But ESPN’s Buster Olney has a theory as to why the Yanks are scorching hot at the moment, citing things such as Defensive Runs Saved and unearned runs allowed.
The Yankees ranked second-to-last in all of MLB with -41 DRS in 2021 and allowed 68 unearned runs.
This year, they’ve at +13 DRS, seventh in all of baseball, and have allowed just five unearned runs.
Some of the early defensive metrics for the Yankees suggest dramatic improvement.
Defensive Runs Saved for the 2021 season: -41 (Ranked 29th of 30 teams)
DRS so far in 2022: +13 (7th best)
Unearned runs in '21: 68
Unearned runs in '22: 5 (on a pace for 36)
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 3, 2022
Yanks On Fire
Correcting those issues from a year ago is one way to get hot and stay hot.
The Yankees are on a tear right now.
On top of their improvements, they are on pace to allow just 36 unearned runs this year.
This is how you improve your team without having to add extra players.
The Yankees have started to do the little things right again: the intangibles.
Now, they look like the team that everybody expected them to be, a team that is on an impressive run and performing well on all sides of the ball.
This is a good team with a ton of talent on its roster that is proving its worth and helping guide the team on this 10-game win streak.
We’re seeing shades of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 17-game win streak from a year ago.
The Yankees need just seven more wins to match that mark.