A record of 21-17 is definitely not where I imagined the Yanks to be sitting to start this season. The division is all but lost and they’re fighting with the Blue Jays to keep themselves in the postseason. Yes this is a really bad spot to be in, but guess what? They’re going to play better than this. The New York Yankees are not a bad team (despite what their fans say), and as they get healthier and healthier, they will get better and better. It’s hard to be optimistic, but if they can get momentum and slingshot into October, they can win big in the postseason.
The Bats Will Get It Going For the New York Yankees
The New York Yankees currently are 9th in wOBA, which is good, but not dominant. This is despite the fact that they are 4th in xwOBA. Why is this? Well, the answer is quite simple, the Yankees are bad with balls in play. The Yankees are 21st in BABIP (batting average on balls in play) at .279, significantly lower than the .290 average BABIP in the 2020 season. While shifts play a huge part in this, this shows the Yankees are just not getting any luck. To me, this also shows that they’re ready to get going, as in their last three games they’ve averaged 5.3 runs per game, despite Gio Urshela, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton being out.
Aaron Boone Will Tighten It Up
While yes, he’s looked abysmal as a manager, at some point his guys have to perform. Yes, he screws up at times, but the hitters also have to hit, and the pitchers have to pitch. Luis Cessa and Loaisiga (when he’s healthy) need more innings in the bullpen. Nick Nelson needs way less. Boone – when he gets his bats back and can play his guys – will be able to figure this out and get the Yankees winning again.
Injuries Beginning to Slow Down
The Yankees will get Gleyber Torres for the final two games against the Orioles and will get Judge and Stanton back in the next two weeks. While Urshela hit the IL, we knew he would because of the bone spur and the limping. He will be back by the 15th, so no need to freak out there. Lastly, the Yankees schedule eases up, and they can hopefully take advantage of a Blue Jays lineup that plays poorly against teams not named the Orioles. The Yankees can now start rattling names off of the IL rather than plastering more and more of them on
Deivi Garcia Gives the New York Yankees and Their Fans Life
No longer will we be cursed with JA Happ’s idiocy, as his outings have been putrid, and Deivi has looked really good. He won’t be a Cy Young candidate, but he will be a solid 3-4 for the Yankees this season and keep an ERA below 4.00 for this campaign. He’s got great stuff, and he makes this rotation a lot deeper. While they can only hope that the Yankees can keep that together, I am going to say they can.
Yankee fans demand nothing but the best, and I get that. Don’t ask to be happy with this team, but remember that the Yankees were also 21-17 in game 38 in 2009. The New York Yankees can win it all for their fans, they just need to get healthy again, and with an easier schedule, they can get their mojo back.
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