Recently we covered the Path to October for the New York Yankees and they remain firming in control of that path. By winning the first two games of this series with the Boston Red Sox the Bronx Bombers have held off elimination in the AL East Division. Just one of the facets they face to close out the season. The New York Yankees have been rejuvenated by the return of Aaron Judge and it shows.
The life that once was the driving force of this team has seemed to return. Throughout much of the latter half of the season, the Yanks played like a defeated team. To the point former Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez commented on their level of “Hustle.” We too covered the “lifeless nature” that the Yanks were displaying. However, with the reentry of Judge into the Yankees everyday lineup the Yanks have refound that spark.
The Yankees have 11 games left in the regular season. During which time they will play Boston and Tampa Bay each four more times. Both teams have been trouble for the Yanks this season. But with seemingly more life in their bats and stability from their rotation, the Bombers can get back to their once dominant ways.
Reinforcements Like No Other
Last night we witnessed the Major League debut of Justus Sheffield for the New York Yankees. One thing that because vitally important at this time of the season is depth. While most teams deal with an abundance of injuries every season, it has seemed that the Yankees have been devastated by theirs. But with the depth, the yanks possess in the Minor Leagues they have been able to withstand it and maintain their lead in the top AL Wildcard spot.
October 1st, Everyone is 0-0
The Bronx Bombers will have their hands full the rest of the way. There are no easy roads to the World Series. But as the Yankees demonstrated through these first two games against Boston they can beat the best of them. No matter the kind of season they are having. In 2017, Boston won the AL East with a total of 93 wins for the season. That is where the Yankees stand now after last night’s win. So while the Yankees have had their struggles this season, they are by no means a slouch of a team. And in the playoffs, it matters who’s hot, and if the Yanks continue this momentum they can easily find themselves as the last team standing.