After a successful weekend, the New York Yankees must continue to stay hot to make a playoff push this season.
It may have taken a lot longer than almost everyone would’ve thought, but the New York Yankees are finally beginning to play like the team that they were expected to be back in March. At the time of this being written, the Yanks are 65-52 — their best record of the season — and are making up a game against the Los Angeles Angels before the Boston Red Sox come to town for a huge three-game set. After a strong road trip, the Bronx Bombers are looking like a team that’s getting hot, which isn’t good news for the rest of the contenders in the American League.
Success in the Midwest
The Yankees took two out of three each from the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, making for a 4-2 road trip and two series wins — one of which against a top dog in the league. With both of these series victories, the Yanks finished the season series against the Royals at a record of 4-2, while they beat the White Sox five out of the six times they played them.
The reason that this holds significance isn’t because of how the Yanks fared against the Royals, but how the Bombers handled the ChiSox this season. If the Yanks do indeed make the postseason, there’s definitely a good chace that they’d face off against the Sox. Obviously, regular season results do not predict postseason results, but it is encouraging to know that the Yanks can at least hold their own against other contenders and not be completely outmatched.
Yankees VS. BoSox
The Boston Red Sox will be coming to town starting Tuesday for a huge three-game series. Many Yankee fans are clammoring for a sweep, and although I agree with them that that would be the most ideal outcome, a series win would still be very acceptable, too. Although Boston did sweep the Orioles this weekend, they have been scuffling as of late and only lead the Yankees by one game in the loss column.
Knowing that there’s a double-header on Tuesday, it’s awfully difficult for either team to sweep the series because of the rarity of swept double-headers there are in baseball. However, with Luis Gil pitching in the second game and Jordan Montgomery pitching in the first, a series victory is fair goal to set if you’re the Bombers
Take Advantage this Weekend
After the Boston series, the Yankees will then host the Minnesota Twins for four games. The Twins have dissapointed heavily this season, and it’s beyond important for the Yanks to take advantage of this brief soft spot in their schedule. With a record of 52-66, there’s no reason that the Yanks shouldn’t win three-out-of-four or even more from Minnesota at the Stadium.
As the Yankees continue to get hot, they’ll continue to close the gap on teams infront of them, like the Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox, and even Tampa Bay Rays. The key, however, is to maintain this hot streak, and have it carry deep into September. By doing so, New York will set themselves up for a shot at a postseason spot.