With the recent string of losses by the Yankees, fans are wondering if they can still make the playoffs. Here are 3 ways the Yankees can make the playoffs.
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The Current Situation
The New York Yankees are currently in fourth place in the American League East. They are four and a half games back of the first place Tampa Bay Rays, and two and a half games back of the second place Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees have a chance to make the playoffs, but they will need to catch up to the Rays and Blue Jays.
The Yankees’ Current Record
The New York Yankees are currently 77-52, which is good for second place in the American League East behind the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees are also in a good position for one of the two Wild Card spots in the AL.
The Yankees’ Remaining Schedule
The Yankees have 30 games left to play in the regular season. They are currently 7 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL East lead, and 5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the first AL Wild Card spot.
Here is a look at the Yankees’ remaining schedule:
Sept. 13-16: vs. Baltimore Orioles
Sept. 17-20: vs. Los Angeles Angels
Sept. 21-23: at Toronto Blue Jays
Sept. 24-27: vs. Boston Red Sox
Sept. 28-30: vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Yankees’ Pitching Situation
The Yankees are in a tight race for the AL Wild Card spot, and their pitching will be a big part of whether or not they make the playoffs. The Yankees have a lot of young, talented pitchers, but they have been inconsistent this season. If the Yankees can get their pitchers to perform at a high level, they have a good chance to make the playoffs.
The Yankees’ Starting Pitching
The Yankees’ starting pitching has been a big weakness for them this season. They currently have the worst ERA in the majors, and their starters have not been able to go deep into games. This has put a lot of pressure on their bullpen, which has also been struggling.
The Yankees need to improve their starting pitching if they want to make the playoffs. They should consider making a trade for a veteran starter who can eat up some innings and help take some pressure off of their bullpen. Additionally, they need their young starters to step up and start pitching better. If they can do that, then they will have a much better chance of making the playoffs.
The Yankees’ Bullpen
The Yankees have one of the best bullpens in baseball, and it will be a key factor in whether or not they make the playoffs. Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller are all lights-out at the back end of games, and have been a big reason why the Yankees have been able to stay in contention despite their starting pitching struggles.
The rest of the bullpen has also been very good, with guys like Adam Warren and Chasen Shreve providing solid middle relief. If the Yankees are going to make a run at the playoffs, they’re going to need their bullpen to continue to be one of the best in baseball.
The Yankees’ Hitting Situation
The New York Yankees have been plagued by a lack of hitting this season. They are currently ranked twelfth in the MLB in runs scored. A big reason for their struggles has been the production, or lack thereof, from their left-handed hitters. The following is a list of the Yankees’ left-handed hitters and their batting average against right-handed pitching.
The Yankees’ Offense
The New York Yankees have one of the best offenses in baseball. They are first in the league in runs scored, hits, home runs, and walks. They have a team batting average of .268, which is fourth in the MLB. However, they have struggled to score runs lately and have lost six of their last seven games.
The main reason for the Yankees’ offensive struggles is that they have not been able to hit with runners in scoring position. In their last seven games, they are hitting just .219 with runners in scoring position. This is a big drop-off from their season average of .275, which is fourth in the MLB.
One positive for the Yankees is that their struggling offense has not been due to a lack of effort. They are still working counts and getting on base at a high clip. In their last seven games, they have a .352 on-base percentage, which is third in the MLB. Their problem has been that they have not been able to drive in runs when they have gotten on base.
The Yankees’ offensive struggles are concerning, but there is still time for them to turn things around. If they can start hitting with runners in scoring position, they will be one of the best offenses in baseball again and will be a tough team to beat in the playoffs.
The Yankees’ Defense
In order to make the playoffs, the Yankees will need to improve their defense. They are currently ranked 26th in MLB in defensive efficiency, meaning they are not getting the outs they should be on a regular basis. This has been a problem all season long, and it needs to be fixed if the Yankees want to have any chance of making a run in October. Adding an upgrade at one of the outfield positions would be a good start, as would improving the team’s overall fielding percentage.
What the Yankees Need to Do
It’s no secret that the Yankees have had a disappointing season so far. They are currently sitting in fourth place in the AL East, but they are only four games out of a playoff spot. There are a few things that the Yankees need to do in order to make the playoffs. Let’s take a look.
The Yankees Need to Win Their Remaining Games
The Yankees currently sit at 7 games back of the division-leading Red Sox, and 4 games back of the second Wild Card spot. They have 10 games remaining on their schedule, all against AL East opponents. If they want to make the playoffs, they need to win all 10 of those games.
It won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible. The Yankees have proved time and time again that they are a resilient team. If they can sweep the Red Sox in their upcoming series and then take care of business against the Blue Jays and Orioles, they will find themselves in a good position.
Making the playoffs is what the Yankees are all about. They have one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, and they always seem to find a way to come out on top when it matters most. This season will be no different.
The Yankees Need Help from Other Teams
The New York Yankees are currently in second place in the American League East, behind the Tampa Bay Rays. They are also in the second wild card spot, behind the Oakland Athletics. The Yankees have been playing good baseball lately, but they need some help from other teams if they want to make the playoffs.
The first thing the Yankees need is for the Rays to start losing. The Rays have been one of the best teams in baseball all season and they show no signs of slowing down. If the Yankees want to catch them, they need the Rays to start losing.
The second thing the Yankees need is for the Athletics to start losing. The A’s have been one of the best teams in baseball all season, but they have started to stumble a bit lately. If the Yankees can take advantage of that and catch them, they will be in a good position to make the playoffs.
Lastly, the Yankees need to keep winning themselves. They have been playing well lately, but they cannot afford to slip up if they want to make the playoffs. If they can keep winning, they should be able to make it into either the AL East or one of the wild card spots.