At the beginning of the season it didn’t look pretty for the Yankees. With the widely publicized Alex Rodriguez debacle (not to mention the question marks regarding the level of production he had left to offer), and with Mark Teixeira coming off three consecutive seasons marred by injury, there was considerable doubt shrouding the Yankees hopes for a successful 2015 campaign.

(Associated Press)

Most analysts had the Yankees ranked in third or fourth position within the AL East standings. No one in their right mind could have predicted how things actually turned out for the team and its dynamic duo.

So far, all Tex and A-Rod have done is combine for 53 home runs, second most in the league – trailing only Mike Trout and Albert Pujols of the Angels. Moreover, they have a shared total of 135 RBI and 187 hits in 194 games.

Together Rodriguez and Teixeira have anchored the Yankees lineup, leading the charge for a comfortable five and a half game lead atop the AL East. In a time when runs are scarce and hitting is at a premium, the two Yankees’ teammates have been remarkable. Each player is on pace to surpass the 30 home run threshold with ease.

Alex Rodriguez:

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 ★ 34 NYY 137 522 74 141 29 30 125 59 98 .270 .341 .506 .847 123
2011 ★ 35 NYY 99 373 67 103 21 16 62 47 80 .276 .362 .461 .823 119
2012 36 NYY 122 463 74 126 17 18 57 51 116 .272 .353 .430 .783 111
2013 37 NYY 44 156 21 38 7 7 19 23 43 .244 .348 .423 .771 113
2015 39 NYY 97 346 62 96 15 24 61 57 89 .277 .383 .535 .918 154
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Generated 8/4/2015.
Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2011 31 NYY 156 589 90 146 26 39 111 76 110 .248 .341 .494 .835 121
2012 32 NYY 123 451 66 113 27 24 84 54 83 .251 .332 .475 .807 115
2013 33 NYY 15 53 5 8 1 3 12 8 19 .151 .270 .340 .609 68
2014 34 NYY 123 440 56 95 14 22 62 58 109 .216 .313 .398 .711 100
2015 ★ 35 NYY 97 342 53 91 22 29 74 55 70 .266 .373 .585 .957 163
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Generated 8/4/2015.

At the advanced age of 40, Alex Rodriguez is turning in his best season since 2010. Likewise, Mark Teixeira made the all-star team for just the third time in his career and deserves at least a little consideration for the MVP award.

There’s a reason the Yankees have scored the second most runs in the league this season. Up from an un-Bronx Bombers like 22nd in 2014, the Yankees now only trail the Toronto Blue Jays in total run production.

Something is definitely cooking in New York. Perhaps the return of A-Rod could mean another deep playoff run for the Evil Empire?

Landin Murphy covers the Yankees for MyFantasySportsTalk, you can follow him on Twitter @Landinfitness

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