One of the few things that the 2021 New York Yankees have been able to do consistently is inconsistent. The Yankees have had just one month over .500 through the first three full months of the season.
Based on how this season is going, July and September are expected to be good months, while August should be a bad month for the Bombers.
The Yankees started the season 12-14 before going on a run in May. Yankee fans thought their team was back as the Yankees went 16-5 to start the month. At the time, that put their record at 28-19. They would go back to their inconsistent ways, losing two of three to the Blue Jays and getting swept by the Detroit Tigers.
Another lousy month of June ended in one of the worst losses of the season (I think we’ve said that a dozen times already this season). Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees blew a four-run ninth-inning lead, including Chapman giving up a game-tying grand slam.
So far in July, the Yankees are 9-6, which is right about where they’ve been all season. They’ve won four series in a row thanks to a fresh style of play from Greg Allen and Estevan Florial. Stolen bases were a rarity, and now the Yankees have swiped eight bags in their last five games compared to eight in the previous 24. Small ball mixed with some home runs here, and there have gotten the Yankees on track, for now.
How long does “for now” last?
We have not been able to see the Yankees play well consistently for more than a 2-3 week stretch, and it’s been an ever-evolving problem.
The Yankees’ nemesis has been teams in their own division. They’re just 2-8 against the Red Sox and 19-26 against teams in the AL East. Compare that with the Red Sox at 25-12 and Rays at 26-15 can explain why the Yankees’ fourth place locks seem to have in the division.
Another interesting anecdote that really doesn’t explain a lot is that the Yankees are 12-22 in day games while being 38-23 in night games. Maybe let’s move Sunday’s game against the Red Sox to Sunday Night Baseball?
When the Yankees play, they need to win consistently and have to do so at a very high rate to make the playoffs.
As the days tighten, so do the Yankees’ chances. The time is now.
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