The Yankees won a big series over the weekend, but as the schedule heats up, it’s time to see what the Bronx Bombers are made of.
In late July, no one really predicted that with a record of just 48-44, the Yankees will be in the midst of their biggest stretch of the season. That’s exactly where we are, however, as with just less than two weeks until the trade deadline, the Bombers are still looking to take off once and for all. So far, the early returns have been positive since the All-Star Game.
Yankees Bring it Against Boston
New York took two-out-of-three from the Boston Red Sox this past weekend, their first two wins against the BoSox this season after starting out 0-7 against them. That was just the beginning, however, because after a brief two-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Yanks will head up to Beantown for four more against their rival. Following that series, New York will come back down south and play another top rival in the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s safe to say that these next nine games will make or break the Yankees’ season, and ultimately have a huge impact on what the team does ahead of the July 31st Deadline.
Where do we go From Here?
As I said, it’s fair to assume that this upcoming stretch of games will prompt the Yankees to either buy or sell — and how much — ahead of the deadline. A 3-6 stretch could likely bury the Yankees in the division and also put their playoff hopes on life support, triggering the front office to ship off some pieces and build for the future. Alternatively, a 7-2 run here, especially against two top dogs in the division, could lead to the Yankees wheeling, dealing, and loading up for a potential playoff run. Perhaps a stretch like this leads to Starling Marte, Joey Gallo, Kyle Gibson, or a combination of other players in pinstripes by August 1st.
Time’s Running Out
One way or the other, this is a massive upcoming stretch of games for New York. One outcome could end up with the Yankees surrendering the season by selling at the deadline, while the other could put the Bombers right back near the top of the pack for AL Pennant Contenders. Even if they do struggle here, they still have time following the deadline, as they currently only sit 3.5 games out of a wildcard spot. From August through September, they’ll have plenty of time still to make up that ground and sneak into the postseason, albeit that’ll be much more difficult if top contributors are sent off by the end of the month.
No matter what, though, we’ll see what the Yankees are made of this week. Many will say their season is on the line here, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Pinstripers respond to the pressure.