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2021 NY Yankees: Progress at Progressive

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The 2021 NY Yankees got off to a rough start to the season, but after winning three of four at Progressive Field in Cleveland this past weekend it looks like they are now starting to turn things around. Some of the important bats are waking up and pitching has been limiting opposing runs for the most part. They will now look to keeps things rolling with a very favorable schedule this week.

2021 NY Yankees Schedule

Now in the middle of a thirteen-day stretch without an off day, the 2021 NY Yankees are scheduled for seven games this week. Luckily for them, they get to play two of the worst teams in the league. They begin the week with a four-game series in Baltimore against the Orioles before coming back to the Bronx for three games with the Detroit Tigers.

Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles are easily the worst team in the American League East. Additionally, the Yankees have absolutely owned them over the last several years. This is the perfect opportunity, after winning the Cleveland series, for the Yankees to really gain momentum and confidence. They will head to Baltimore with expectations of winning at least three of the four games there.

Detroit Tigers

Plain and simple, the Tigers are just a really bad team. The Yankees will expect to win at least two in this three-game series at home. If they do in fact win at least five of their seven games this week, which is very possible, the 2021 NY Yankees will no longer be a below .500 team. This is an excellent opportunity to really get back on track.

Bats to Watch

Some of the bats woke up in Cleveland after struggling through the early part of the season. Here are two guys to keep an eye on this coming week.

Gleyber Day Weekend

Many of the 2021 NY Yankees batters are off to a slow start, but none slower than Gleyber Torres. It’s almost unbelievable that he still has not hit a home run and only has two RBI while hitting in the middle of the lineup every day. The positive sign is that he had a relatively good series in Cleveland. He collected five hits and a walk over the four-game span so maybe he is starting to figure things out at the plate. Nobody is more excited than Gleyber to see the Orioles next on the schedule, a team that he has dominated so far in his career.

Strong Odor

Rougned Odor has been a nice little spark for the 2021 NY Yankees offense, and his recent production has earned him a promotion to clean up hitter in the lineup. He was excellent in his four games in Cleveland, totaling four hits, two walks, two home runs, and five RBI. The newest addition to the team, Odor will look to continue producing in the heart of this order.

Rotation

It’s been a mixed bag for the starting pitching staff this year. Gerrit Cole has been incredible, but the rest of the rotation has been underwhelming. Deivi Garcia is set to make his first start of the season on Monday night, so maybe he can provide a much-needed boost to the starters.

Bullpen

The bullpen for the 2021 NY Yankees has been spectacular. Chapman, O’Day, King, Cessa, Green, and Loaisiga have a 0.75 combined ERA over 60.1 total innings pitched. Aroldis Chapman stands out above the rest with a ridiculous stat line so far. He has not yet surrendered a run across seven innings pitched and has allowed only two hits and three walks with a massive 17 strikeouts. This bullpen was built to be a major strength of this team, and right now they are the best in baseball.

Fighting Back

The 2021 NY Yankees have a golden opportunity this week to get their record back to even or better and put the slow start behind them. When they defeated Cleveland in three of four, it was only their second victorious series of the season. If they can win their next two series against far inferior opponents, the Orioles and the Tigers, they will officially be out of the hole.

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Adam Hulse is a baseball writer at Overtime Heroics. He is also the host of his own Podcast titled: Sports Talk with Adam Hulse