The New York Yankees have undoubtedly been the best team in Major League Baseball since the trade deadline.
New York is 23-5 in their last 28 games and 33-11 in their last 44 games – that’s the second time they’ve done that in the last three years.
The emergence of Jameson Taillon has been a big boost to the starting rotation along with Nestor Cortes’ continued dominance.
In the batter’s box, Giancarlo Stanton is on another torrid hot streak. Stanton has hit four home runs in his last seven games and driven in eight while slashing .348/.444/.957. Anthony Rizzo burst on the scene, hitting home runs in his first two games as a Yankee.
Andrew Velasquez has provided the feel-good story for this team and brought versatility defensively in the infield and as a switch hitter. Brett Gardner has come around and is finally over the Mendoza line in the batting average column. With all of the success, the Yankees have had. Lately, there is still one major concern this team faces down the stretch.
With Zack Britton struggling and likely done for the year, it lessens the depth of the bullpen. Jonathan Loaisiga has been terrific for the Yankees, boasting a 2.23 ERA in 51 outings in 2021. Chad Green has had his struggles but has been better of late. He’s recorded three saves in his last seven appearances to the tune of 13 strikeouts and a 1.93 ERA. Wandy Peralta has come up clutch time after time and has become a very trusted arm in the bullpen for Aaron Boone.
After that, there lies the concern. While all these names have had success at one time or another this season, it doesn’t feel like it’s the Yankee death bullpen we’ve seen in the past. Lucas Luetge, Clay Holmes, Joely Rodríguez and Albert Abreu have shown inconsistency.
In a perfect world, all four of these guys figure it out, and you have many options to go down the stretch; but in reality, if the Yankees can get two of these guys to become consistent, solid arms, it makes the Yankees that much better and more complete.
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