What’s going on in the AL East?
Well, for starters, the New York Yankees aren’t very good. We could probably end there because that will likely make you plenty happy (or sad) enough.
But wait. There’s more.
It’s true that entering Thursday’s games, the Yankees sported a record of 5-7, tied with the Tampa Bay Rays, who are coming off their second World Series appearance, for last place in the division.
Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox lead the division at 9-3, even though this was supposed to be a down year for the Red Sox. The Toronto Blue Jays (6-6) and Baltimore Orioles (5-6) are in the middle of the pack, and a lot of people suspected the Orioles may not win five games all season.
Not really, but close.
“The Red Sox are the only AL East club with a winning record, and even if they aren’t as good as their current streak, they’re less flawed than their competitors in a division that was supposed to belong to the Yankees and Jays, at least until Boston upended everyone’s expectations with a run of scintillating baseball,” wrote John Tomase of Yahoo Sports.
Granted, the season is 162 games long, and what happens early is rarely an indication of who will play their best baseball when it means the most. Still, this has been an interesting beginning in a division that was expected to be utterly owned by the Yankees ad Rays.
So enjoy the moment and say it out loud and say it together: The New York Yankees stink.