The Yankees are making their first trip to Fenway Park tonight as they open a three game series with the arch-rival Boston Red Sox. The Yankees sit 3.5 games back of Boston who sits 0.5 games back of the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays. Through the end of July, the Yankees play 20 games against the Red Sox, Mets, Astros and Rays. The use of the term “it’s early” can no longer be accepted. Now is the time for urgency.

In the final two months of the season, the Yankees play just eight games against the Rays and Red Sox. One series to close the season in the Bronx vs the Rays and five games against the Red Sox with the final three in Boston. With the team being four games out of the AL East lead, now is their time to pounce to crawl back to the top of the division. It doesn’t help that they’re just 17-21 against the AL East so far this season but yet they still find themselves within striking distance.

Now, why did I mention the series against the Mets and Astros? They are mentioned because not only are bragging rights on the line, they both lead their respective divisions.

The Yanks hit rock bottom when the Sox came into New York and swept the Yankees just a few weeks ago which included a meltdown on Sunday night baseball. This is the perfect opportunity for the Bombers to return the favor in Fenway.

In total, 31 games stand between now and the end of July with more than half against good opponents and teams the Yankees will need to beat in order to not only prove to others they can beat playoff teams but prove to themselves that they do so. 16-15 won’t do it and that’s what we’ve seen with this ballclub throughout the first 2.5 months of the season. More like 21-10 should be what the Yankees go for as they go through this tough stretch of the season. The time is now.

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