Analysis

Will Injuries Prevent the Yankees from Winning Their 28th Championship?

With an immense amount of injuries so far during the 2020 season, will the Yankees be able to make a run and win the Fall Classic?

The 2020 season is starting to remind Yankees fans about 2019. Players are going down left and right with injuries at an all-time high. On August 21, three more players were added to the already dismantled Injured List. 23-year-old Gleyber Torres suffered a hamstring/quad injury, and pitchers James Paxton (forearm) and Luis Avilan (shoulder) suffered injuries as well. That now tallies up to 13 total players placed on the IL this season.

Injuries Abound

If this were a normal 162 game season, the Yanks would be on pace towards the most injuries they ever had on the IL in team history. To simplify it, the Yankees have had 13 injuries through only 25 games this year. The Yanks somewhat caught a break this weekend when their series against the New York Mets was postponed to later dates due to two coronavirus outbreaks in the Mets organization. That left them some time to get healthier and clear their minds after a bad performance against the Tampa Bay Rays last week.

New Opportunities for Familiar Faces

However, everyone knows that the Yankees have depth. This now opens up an opportunity for some young guys to get a chance to play more. Since Stanton and Judge were placed on the IL, guys like Clint Frazier and Mike Tauchman have fully taken advantage of their playing time by producing timely hits. Players like Thairo Estrada, Miguel Andujar, and Tyler Wade will also be on the field and in the lineup more. Although the injury bug has plagued the Yankees, star Aaron Judge is expected to return to the lineup tonight to face off against the Atlanta Braves.

Regarding the lineup, Giancarlo Stanton is hurt with a hamstring injury and DJ LeMahieu has suffered a thumb injury. The team is also missing their number two guy in the rotation in Luis Severino and bullpen stalwart Tommy Khanle to Tommy John surgery.

The bullpen is also understaffed.  To add to Khanle and Avilan, Zack Britton went down with a hamstring injury. However, it is a positive note to see star closer, Aroldis Chapman, back and throwing 101 miles per hour after catching the coronavirus earlier during the season.

Now to the question we have all been waiting for: Will the Yanks overcome all these injuries once more and potentially make a World Series appearance, or even win it?

Why the Injury Bug Won’t Derail the Yankees

The answer is yes. Because of the historic start, they got off to at 10-2 and the new 16 team playoff format, the Yankees would have to basically not show up to the stadium in order to not make the postseason. Even with the long list of injuries and getting swept by Tampa at home, New York is sitting pretty at 16-9 with a remainder of 35 games.

The Yanks have been able to stay alive this season thanks to players like Luke Voit (who is one of the league leaders in home runs with 10), Gio Urshela–because his stellar glove and stick (18 RBI), Clint Frazier, who is batting .333 and got off to a hot start to kick off his season, and Chad Green, who holds an incredible 0.71 ERA. And of course, New York’s ace Gerrit Cole continues to dominate and win every time he goes out to the bump.

This being such a peculiar season, it seems like almost anything can happen.  In a season that could very well be a toss-up, even a short-staffed Yankees squad has a chance to win title number 28.

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