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NY Yankees Schedule: Reasons to be Optimistic

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The NY Yankees schedule is one that should spark optimism as they approach the halfway point of the 2021 MLB season. After solid results in the month of June, they will head into July with an excellent opportunity to help their own cause as they continue their quest for another postseason appearance. After all, they do currently have a winning record and are right within striking distance in the AL East division as well as the wildcard race.

NY Yankees Schedule: June Results

The Yankees very quietly have had a good month of June so far. After completing their three-game series against the Royals, they improved their record for the month to 11 wins against 9 losses. More importantly, they have continually gotten better as the month has gone on. After starting the month with a disappointing 4-7 start, they have rebounded to win seven of the next nine games.

They have now won four of their last five series including being victorious in two of three over the Oakland Athletics and a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. Both of these teams are playoff hopefuls as well. The NY Yankees schedule in June finishes with a three-game series in Boston against the Red Sox before coming back to New York for a series with the Los Angeles Angels.

NY Yankees Schedule: A Look Ahead to July

The NY Yankees schedule in the month of July is one that presents them with a great opportunity to move up in the standings and make their own playoff picture much brighter. After three games at home against the Mets and three in Seattle with the Mariners, the Yankees will head to Houston to take on the Astros, who are currently the top-ranked team in the American League. Getting the 1 seed for the playoffs is important and it is not at all out of reach for the Yankees with more than half of a season still to play.

The next stretch of games on the NY Yankees schedule after the Houston season is going to be crucial to where they stand in the AL East. They play the Red Sox in 8 of their next 10 games, consisting of four games in New York and the other four in Boston. This stretch will be immediately followed by a three-game series in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Eleven total games against the two teams that they are currently trailing in the AL East standings is an excellent opportunity to make up ground.

Improving Offensively

Besides the NY Yankees schedule, there are other reasons to be optimistic about the team right now also. In particular, it appears that the offense is finally starting to wake up. After uncharacteristically struggling to score runs early on this year, they have been much better in recent times. In the month of June, they are averaging almost a full run per game better than their season average as a whole.

A big reason why the offense has greatly improved recently is the scorching hot streak that Gary Sanchez is currently on. Over the last month, he has easily been the best hitter on the Yankees and has even been getting even better progressively. His OPS is 1.117 over the last 30 days, 1.233 over the last 15 days, and 1.330 over the last 7 days. He has hit seven home runs in the month of June, which is more than the six total he had in both April and May combined.

Another reason for the improved offense is the health of the team. Luke Voit is back in the lineup after suffering an injury and has played very well so far in his return. It is a small sample size, but in the four games he has played in June he has recorded a 1.212 OPS and has already hit two home runs. It is also important to note that both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have been healthy for the entire month of June. The lineup is basically back to full strength and it’s really starting to show.

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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