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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/30/17

The Yankees are looking better than anyone expected; Aaron Judge has had quite the month; Romine and Torreyes have done everything and more filling in; Michael Pineda has consistently been pitching well

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Around the Empire | Richard Justice: It’s still too early to be watching the standings, right? HA! Bunt that noise. That’s what fans of teams that DON’T have the best record in baseball say! Arrogant Yankee fan feelings aside, the Yankees are doing a lot better than most people expecting them to. As the month of April comes to a close today, the Yankees are scoring a ton of runs and not giving up a lot of runs either. That’s a recipe for success if I’ve ever heard one.

Newsday | Steven Marcus: Aaron Judge is hitting baseballs really really hard this month. In one month, he’s hit 10 home runs and there’s still one more day in the month left. According to my math, he’s on pace for 1634 home runs this year. The Yankees are getting all in with Judge as well. Didi yelled out “ALL RISE” and the Yankees graphics department had it ready for him on his first at bat. They also played the Law & Order “DUNN DUNN” sound effect after his dinger yesterday. For the record, I’m totally taking the credit for that!

New York Daily News | Peter Botte: Another reason the Yankees have done so well in April has been the depth of the team. They have been with Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius for most of the month. Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes have made their absences a lot easier to handle. Romine had 5 RBI yesterday and has been great behind the plate. Toe just won’t stop hitting. Romine may not be the Yankees main catcher in the future, but he just produced his cover letter and resume to the rest of major league baseball.

Newsday | Laura Albanese: Another reason the Yankees have done so well in April is due to their starting pitching. Michael Pineda, for example, has not been maddeningly inconsistent. He’s actually been...consistent. Consistently good or decent. He’s been the substantial pitcher they’ve wanted to see since that trade so long ago. Hopefully he continues with the consistently consistent pitching.