Injuries have piled up for the Yankees in the past week, and to top it off, they lost key players in the lineup and bullpen to positive COVID-19 tests.
This had to have been the stretch that put the nail in the coffin for the Yankees, right?
The Yankees have won two out of three against the Red Sox and swept a two-game series against the Phillies with some surprising names who contributed to the wins.
Outfielders Greg Allen, Ryan LeMarre, and Estevan Florial have all contributed to the recent wins.
Many would point to the speed they brought to the base paths, which certainly was a factor.
Greg Allen Wheels + Flo's first Big League RBI = Tie ballgame. pic.twitter.com/yNH4f0lHwR
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 21, 2021
But the Yankees still did win via the home run ball from some of the few regulars that remain in the lineup.
My takeaway is that the performance from these players proves how little they were getting from two out of three outfield spots before the All-Star break. Those two spots were taken up by a combination of Brett Gardner, Miguel Andujar, and Clint Frazier. At the very least, this new group of players is much better defensively, even if their hitting is not sustainable.
With players like Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes, Gio Urshela, and Aaron Judge returning from positive COVID-19 tests, this group is at least enough to hold the Yankees over until they can add an outfielder at the trade deadline.
This could change by the day, but right now, I am envisioning a starting outfield of Aaron Judge, Greg Allen, and some type of outfielder from a trade.
Whether that be Joey Gallo, Starling Marte, or Max Kepler, all names that the Yankees have been tied to, that is a much better outfield than what the Yankees have been running out there for the majority of the season so far.
Hmm it appears Joey Gallo can hit baseball very far. Interesting. Perhaps he could be a good fit for a certain upcoming event ? ?
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 7, 2021
Unexpectedly the Yankees have given their fans reason for excitement.
With a crucial seven-game stretch against the Red Sox and Rays, the opportunity is right there to insert themselves back into the wild card mix and even give themselves some small hopes at the division.
Hopefully, the good vibes continue as they get some reinforcements back in their lineup for the Yankees’ sake.
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