Just a couple of weeks ago, when the Yankees were preparing to play the Angels, Yankees manager Aaron Boone declared that the season was on the line in those games.
Not that those games were not important, but this upcoming 13 game stretch is when the season is truly on the line for this group. They will have to reverse the trend against divisional foes they have struggled against to this point.
Eight of those are against the Red Sox, three are against the Rays, and the remaining two are against the Phillies.
At the end of this stretch of games, there will be just a couple of days remaining before the trade deadline.
Whether the Yankees sink or swim over the next two weeks will determine whether or not they will be buyers.
The Yankees have been connected to Joey Gallo recently, but there will be no incentive to give up the prospects if the team is not looking equipped to make a playoff run.
More importantly, if the Yankees do play well over this stretch, their August schedule gets lighter than it has been recently. So if the Yankees play well and earn the faith from the organization to get reinforcements at the trade deadline, then there will be a real chance for them to make a run in August.
When the 2021 season is over, we will likely look at these 13 games as a pivotal moment in the Yankees either making the playoffs or not.
I would much rather view this as the time where the Yankees got right. When Gleyber Torres rebounds from a poor first half, DJ LeMahieu looks like his 2019-2020 version, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton play like MVPs they are, Gerrit Cole is shutting down the opposition Yankees make impactful deadline moves to supplement a playoff run.
It has been a frustrating season as a Yankees fan, but I am not anywhere near ready to give up on this team. If they make a run, which they are very much capable of doing, the 2021 season could be one of the more fun seasons to look back on.
Similar to how the 2005 and 2007 Yankees were mediocre for a similar amount of time and made runs to the playoffs.
Let’s see if these Yankees can make it a fun season. It starts tonight against their bitter rival Red Sox.
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