The 2022 New York Yankees sure look like a special group.
At 22-8, they own MLB’s best record, and the second-best run differential at +52.
They just swept the team everybody appointed as the favorite to win the AL East division, the Toronto Blue Jays, with their 5-3 victory on Wednesday.
And, in typical fashion, they came from behind to steal the win.
It has happened a lot this year.
“The Yankees have 10 comeback wins this season. They have 21 wins in total,” The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, who covers the Yankees, tweeted this afternoon.
The Yankees have 10 comeback wins this season. They have 21 wins in total.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) May 11, 2022
She meant 22 wins, by the way, which is the Yankees’ total after Wednesday’s game.
A Winning, Never-Give-Up Mentality
Almost half of those victories have involved a comeback of some sort.
The situation speaks loudly about the team’s spirit: they will not give up, and they will play out the ninth inning just as hard as they play in the opening frame of every game.
A team that turns so many games around is talented, determined, and has some skilled individuals with an impressive focus.
It’s clear that the Yankees want to end their World Series drought: they haven’t advanced to a Fall Classic since 2009, which seems like an eternity for fans and is a lot of time for a perennial contender like New York.
The fact they didn’t make any major signings led most analysts to believe they didn’t have what it takes to dominate the AL East, but they are proving everybody wrong.
It’s still early, of course, but the 2022 Yankees are good enough to compete with anybody, including the National League powerhouses.
Will 2022 be the year in which Yankees fans finally celebrate another World Series title?