We're now two thirds through the regular season, and the New York Yankees have turned the new Yankee Stadium into a distinct home-field advantage.
We're now two thirds through the regular season, and the New York Yankees have turned the new Yankee Stadium into a distinct home-field advantage — something that distinctly showed in the Bronx Bombers' sweep of Boston over the weekend.
The Yankees are now 39-17 at home, leading the majors in home wins. What began as potentially distracting quirks in the new ballpark have been embraced by players as home-field advantages. That short right-field porch? It's a spot where Yankees pitchers will give up some cheap homers, but it's a place where the Yankees will get their share of homers as well. And the home-run pace has slowed down now that Yankees pitchers have figured out how to pitch in the new facility.
True, the team added some major parts in the offseason — Mark Teixeira has proven to find the new Yankee Stadium to be extremely comfortable, while A.J. Burnett and C.C. Sabathia both have excelled as of late at home. But compare the performance over the weekend sweep of Boston with the May series at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox, when the Yankees were swept. Between then and now Yankee Stadium became the real home of the Bronx Bombers.
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