The New York Yankees hit a bit of a rough patch following the All-Star break. Having fallen behind to the rival, Boston Red Sox in the American League East standings by a significant amount and losing two of their best players, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, to the disabled list. Earlier this month they arguably the hit lowest point of their season after being swept by their red-hot rivals. Going forward they just had to take it one game at a time and the schedule since this sweep has been in their favor.
Having played below .500 teams for the most part the remainder of the month, the Yankees ended up winning 10 out of their last 14 games. Unfortunately, they are still nine and a half games back in the American League East, so despite doing their part they made no progress in trying to catch back up to the Red Sox. Obviously, there is still time, but it is just going to keep running out after not making progress in two weeks. The Wild Card is still very much in play, but anyone would much rather avoid the one game playoff where anything could happen.
The issue for the Yankees right now is their inconsistent pitching staff and specifically Luis Severino. His last start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday was not bad; he went five innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out eight. Perhaps for the Yankees’ sake this could be a good sign, or it the fact that he was facing a team with no a lot of fire power now. J.A. Happ has been a nice addition since coming over to the Yankees as he collected his 14th win of the season today against his former team.
CC Sabathia landed back on the disabled list earlier this week, which is a blow considering how inconsistent the pitching has been. The Yankees are hoping he will be back late this month with hopes of Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge. Sanchez is supposedly on time with his recover assuming there are no setbacks, and right now there is no timetable for Judge which could be a major problem. On top of that the Yankees will likely have to deal with the loss of their shortstop, Didi Gregorius, who suffered a significant heel bruise following a collision in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays.
If Gregorius does end up on the disabled list, they are missing a good chunk of what makes the Yankees so good this year. This is where the likes of Ronald Torreyes and Neil Walker will need to step up and fill the void and just hope it works out.
The Yankees are in a tough spot now with all the injuries, but right now they must continue to take it one game at a time and hope for no setbacks. The schedule is still in their favor right now, and they will need to keep in mind to hold down at least a spot in the Wild Card until things possibly turn around.