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Yankees Quick Hits by Bryan Revello
- As of Friday afternoon, the Yankees are still one game under .500. This means that they sit 7.5 games out of the AL East lead and 4.5 games out of the second wild card spot. Making the playoffs is going to require a hot streak and wins, specifically against their AL East rivals. The Orioles currently sit atop the AL East but the Yankees also have the Blue Jays and the Red Sox ahead of them in the standings serving as bigger Wild Card obstacles. The two weeks following the All-Star break will serve as the most pivotal stretch of the season because the success or failure of the Yankees during that time frame will likely shape how the team’s back office strategizes leading up to the trade deadline. If the Yankees do get hot, all games against fellow AL East teams will be dramatic and exciting match-ups as the season winds down.
- The Yankees have Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances as their All-Star team representatives in 2016. The two awesome relievers were expected to star this season but the resurgence of Carlos Beltran has been one of the most important factors for the Yankees thus far. Andrew Miller was told earlier this week that he won’t be traded and Betances isn’t going anywhere but as I wrote above, Carlos Beltran could be one of those guys on the move if the Yankees don’ think they are still in contention by the trade deadline. Well, as long as his hamstring holds up until then.
- Here is some additional detail about the importance of the Yankees post All-Star game schedule. Following the All-Star break, the Yankees will have 10 games at home where they host the Red Sox, Orioles and Giants. A winning streak here will probably mean the beginning of something special. Let’s see what this team is really made of.
About the Author
Bryan Revello is the Editor in Chief for New York Sportscene. A New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast, he can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.