The 2021 Yankees’ season has been miserable, no two ways about it. They’ve had inconsistent offense, terrible baserunning, injuries, 9th inning bullpen blowups. You name it, it’s happened. Not at all how I expected a team that entered the season as odds-on favorites to win the AL to perform.
The Bombers currently sit eight games back in the AL East & 4.5 behind the second Wild Card spot. To add insult to injury, the rival Red Sox are in the midst of a surprisingly great year, leading the division. If you’ve already given up on this season, I can’t blame you. This Yankees team hasn’t shown us too much to believe they’re anything besides a mediocre team. However, despite everything I just said, I can’t quit this team.
Eight of the Yanks’ first 13 games after the break are against the Sox, who they’re currently 0-6 against. Plus three more against the Rays. Play well, and they can give themselves new life in 2021. Fall flat, and they could be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. If the Yankees want to have a second half surge, a lot needs to happen:
•Trade for a CF •Gleyber rebound •DJ performing •3 of Monty/German/Taillon/Cortes/Sevy establish themselves behind Cole •Britton healthy, Chapman figures his shit out
It’s a tall task, no doubt. But I’ll give this team one last chance over the next two weeks. If the Yankees don’t take advantage of this opportunity, their season will effectively be over. I’ll still be watching the games, but it’ll be to see prospects get a chance, or a (hopefully) healthy Luis Severino take the mound. To make sure they’re playing meaningful baseball in August & September, the Yankees need to have a winning second half of July. I’ll be at the Stadium tonight. Let’s see what happens.