With all of the All-Star Game festivities concluded, we turn our attention to the second half. The New York Yankees will be considered one of the favorites heading into the playoff stretch run. We will cover the New York Yankees top five questions heading into the second half.
1) Who Will The Yankees Trade For By The Deadline?
The New York Yankees have been connected to many players including Manny Machado, Zach Britton and many many more. The glaring need has been the starting rotation. However, with the starters rumored to be available being less than desirable options, due to high price tags. The Yankees will undoubtedly make a deal or two by the deadline. But the question remains who?
2) Will The Real Sonny Gray Please Stand Up?
Sonny Gray was brought over at the 2017 MLB trade deadline to back up Luis Severino. However, Gray has been inconsistent and ineffective. Because of that inconsistency, the Yankees will continue to look to upgrade the starting rotation. Gray did pitch very well in his last start before the All-Star Break. So can he continue that strong outing or will he regress again?
3) Which Gary Sanchez Will Show Up In The Second Half?
Since his debut in 2015, Gary Sanchez has sparked the minds of Yankee fans. He has incredible power and the ability to spray the ball all over. However, this season he has struggled with the later. Sanchez currently resides below the “Mendoza Line” not a place players want to find themselves. But we have witnessed El Gary be able to go on a tear. We just have to wait and see if the time on the DL was a blessing in disguise.
4) How Many Home Runs Will The Yankees End Up With?
The Bronx Bombers broke and set a new record for home runs by a team before the All-Star Break. As a team, the Bombers have 161 home runs, the record for a team in a single season is 264. The Bombers seemingly will be able to shatter that mark set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. But the question is how many will they end with?
5) Can the Yankees Topple The Boston Red Sox For The AL East Division Crown?
The Yankees and Red Sox have battled for the AL East Division lead all season. The lead has changed multiple times. However, heading into the All-Star Game the Red Sox had a 4.5 game lead. The Yankees will look to close that gap and overtake Boston in the second half.