The Yankees won a huge game Friday night which put them only half a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays. The following day the Yankees lost a very tight game that should have been won, and moved back into a one a half game pit after Toronto’s win saturday. The tough loss is upsetting and gives the bombers a much smaller chance for the AL East title. The Yankees still have 30 games left and could certainly pull off taking the division lead.
I’m so sorry for my lack of writing for such a long time, but I am happy to announce that I am coming back to blogging and covering the Yankees!
So here we go…
The New York Yankees are currently 1 1/5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East Division lead, and 4 games ahead for the first AL Wild Card spot, and this is with 30 games left in the regular season. So when we look at the playoff chances, we are talking about almost a sure spot at the Wild Card, and a reasonable chance at the Division title. Baseball Prospectus has the Yankees at 98 percent chance of making the playoffs, and that’s with 30.2 percent for the division. The fact that the Yanks have been playing so well has contributed to these percentages. The Bombers have won 5 of their last 6 games, but haven’t been able to catch the Blue Jays after they have won 8 of their last 10 and been playing amazing since the Trade Deadline, where they made a few key acquisitions which should boost them strongly into the playoffs, with one of the best offenses in baseball. All the rest of the teams in the East aren’t realistically in the picture anymore with the best after the Yankees being the Tampa Bay Rays with a mere 7.7 percent for the playoffs, and the Orioles and Red Sox both at less than 1 percent.The very interesting thing about this race, other than the fact that its so neck and neck, is that the Blue Jays and Yankees have the top two offenses in runs scored in the majors!
Other than the offense, which has been carrying the Yankees all season long, a couple of young faces have appeared in the Yankees rotation, which have quietly helped the club greatly. Those names are Nathan Eovaldi and Luis Severino. Eovaldi currently has the best winning percentage for all MLB starters with .875 winning percentage. That has come partially because of the run support he gets, but he definitely has been a great surprise. Severino, or “Sevy”, the rookie who came up pretty recently, has had an outstanding 2.19 ERA, and a strikeout per inning. He is young and can carry a good, young Yankees rotation into the playoffs.
The New York Yankees currently stand “only” 3 games out of the American League Wild Card race. The are behind the Angels, Mariners, Kansas City, and Baltimore. In the division, they are in third place, 2.5 games behind Baltimore and Toronto, who both have been having huge seasons.
If you look what’s to blame the Yankees squad to pretty much fall apart in the past couple of weeks, you could come up with a lot of theories. The pitching, for the most part, has held up until then even after losing 3/5 of the rotation members, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda, but it’s pretty hard for them to win all those games with a very inexperienced staff. 4/5 of the pitchers are rookies who never had a job as a starting pitcher.
As far as the offense, it hasn’t been terrible, but after losing big hitters such as Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, regular All-Stars, it isn’t so fun to have them replace by Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury. Also catcher Brian McCann, who was supposed to have a great season, is aging terribly. This has so far been his worst first half of a season. It didn’t either help to have Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran on the DL.
So after the Yankees have gone 3-7 in their last 10 and lost 3 straight games, I still definitely believe in them to make a strong run for the playoffs, and I think it will happen by the end of the season, which by then the Bombers should be able to pick up their playing level.
Can the New York Yankees make a stunning comeback all the way to get to the postseason? Probably not, but it’s possible. Look, the Yankees are now only 3.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL Wild Card with 27 games left to play.
The Yanks are currently 6-4 in their last 10 games with a 2 game winning streak, as apposed to the Rays, who are 3-7 in their last 10 contests with a 3 game losing streak.
I like the fact that the Yankees are hotter and better lately, and this momentum might be able to carry them to the postseason.
Please post comments or questions on my thinking below if you wish.
The Yankees’ first week was a tough one. They were outscored 18-12 in their first 3 games, before winning their first game of the season, 6-2 against the Orioles with Iv an Nova getting the well-deserved win after going 7 innings with 7 strikeouts with only 2 earned runs allowed. Other than that game, where the Yanks scored 6 runs, their bats fell pretty cold against the Tampa Bay Rays, only scoring 12 runs in 3 games. Their pitching was bad too. The pitching staff gave up 18 home runs and a blown save in 3 games. The top 3 starters in the rotation all lost or didn’t have a decision (thanks to Mo).
I think the Yankees will need to pick up their bats and pitching arms to rightfully win the AL East.
The Yankees lost their top prospect recently, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a good farm system. These stats might prove what I just said. In MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, released Wednesday, the Yanks placed four players in the Top 75 as well as two in the Top 50. Only three American League franchises — the A’s, Mariners and Rays — can claim more prospects in the Top 100. And Seattle made the cut only because of the addition of Montero, whom Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently called one of the best players he’s ever traded. Montero, for the record, clocked in at 12th overall for the Mariners — one spot ahead of left-hander Manny Banuelos, who remains a significant part of the Yankees’ future plans. Other Yanks making the cut included right-handed pitcher Dellin Betances (41), catcher Gary Sanchez (53) and outfielder Mason Williams (73). “From looking at him where I’m standing, it doesn’t look like he has any fear,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Banuelos last spring. “He’s aggressive, he has confidence in his offspeed stuff that he can throw it behind in the count and he doesn’t nibble. He goes right at hitters.” “Born and raised in New York, you look up to these guys and you’re like, ‘Man, I definitely want to wear the pinstripes and get looked at as one of those players that helps the Yankees win championships,'” Betances said last spring. “I try not to put too much pressure. I just try to work as hard as I can to get there.” So yes, the Yankees traded Montero, and yes, he could turn into something special with the Mariners. But with four other Top 100 prospects, the Yanks are confident that their farm remains well stocked with another generation of standout players.
*Info courtesy of mlb.com http://mlb.mlb.com/index.jsp
Today is a bit of an interesting day in the MLB world as the Rangers won there 12th straight game 7-0 against the Angels giving the Rangers more insurance in there division lead, as the Angels are 5.0 games behind Texas . The Phillies rallied to win over the Cubs 4-2. The Phils are only 3.5 games ahead of the Braves. These are the teams I will pick to do the best in each league this year. I think the Phillies will win the World Series, but the Rangers will be the runner-ups,like last year to the giants. My reasons for saying this is:1. The Phillies pitching staff is great. Evan though there closer, Brad Lidge is hurt they still have the best rotation in almost twenty years! 2.They have a power hitter in Ryan Howard,but other than him and Raul Ibanez,the Phils have speed all around,especially with Michael Martinez and Shane Victorino.
1.The Rangers’ key to success is POWER . There power hitters are: Josh Hamilton,Nelson Cruz,Mitch Moreland,Ian Kinsler, and Mike Napoli.
2.There defense shines most when Elvis Andrus makes on off-balance throw to nail a runner.
3.There starting rotation is made up of consistent pitchers:C.J. Wilson,Alexei Ogando,Matt Harrison,Derek Holland,and Colby Lewis.
I think these teams will both make the World Series because they mesh very well.