By: Ross Sutton
This has been a weird season to be a Yankees fan, as the Bronx Bombers are 30 games above .500 and have the second-best record in all of baseball, but they are still no where close to being in first place in the AL East. So now with the team’s ace Luis Severino struggling over the last few weeks, star players like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez missing time due to injuries, and the team playing uninspired baseball recently, a question must be asked, “Can the Yankees still catch the Red Sox in the AL East even though they are currently 10.5 games back?”. I had hope up until recently, but now, I have given up on the division, as it just doesn’t seem possible for the Yanks to catch Boston at this point in the season.
In my opinion, I just mentioned the two biggest problems the Yankees have right now, Severino has not been good lately, and Judge and Sanchez are not in the lineup because of injuries. I’m not exactly sure what the problem is for Severino right now, but he has to be the dominant pitcher that Yankees fans have come accustomed to by the time the playoffs roll around if the Yanks are going to make a run at the World Series this year. I think the best thing to do right now would be to let Severino get some rest, maybe missing a start or two would be beneficial to the young ace so that he could get right physically and mentally. I wrote a blog a while back about how messed up I think the current Wild Card format is and how dominant teams like the Yankees get screwed by having to play in a one-game playoff despite being a top team in the league. I still completely agree with this opinion as I think it is ridiculous that New York might not even get to play a full series in the playoffs because of the current Wild Card format. But with that being said, the format is what it is for this year, which means the Yankees need Severino to be dominant for the Wild Card game.
Judge and Sanchez also really need to get healthy so they are ready for the playoffs. Judge’s injury is pretty weird in the sense that the original timetable for his return was 3-4 weeks, but that time has already passed and Judge’s injury still has not healed, and he doesn’t seem to be very close to returning to the lineup. This obviously makes me worried, but I do not think the Yankees are an organization to mismanage injuries the way the other New York team does, so I have faith that Judge will be okay sooner rather than later. But in the meantime, can Cashman please trade for Curtis Granderson?? Granderson has cleared waivers which means that any team in the league can make a trade for him and I cannot watch any more games where Shane Robinson is playing. The Yankees cannot possibly be thinking of catching Boston when Robinson is an everyday player, sorry Shane. Even though Granderson is much older and not as good as he once was when he previously played for the Yankees, I still believe he would be a helpful addition to the team while Judge is hurt. As for Gary Sanchez, I’m still pretty sure the Yankees are a better team with him in the lineup and behind the plate, even though he cost the Yankees the game against the Rays the last time he played by being lazy behind the plate and on the base paths. Romine has also been great while filling in for Sanchez, playing awesome defense and hitting well too. But I still think Gary Sanchez is the best catcher in all of baseball when he is right at the plate, and playing good defense behind the dish and I want THAT Gary Sanchez back in the lineup so badly, so please get healthy and start hustling more when you’re playing Gary. If these problems are fixed by the time the playoffs start, I think the Yankees can still win the World Series this season.
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