Playoff push is not out of the question for our beloved Yanks

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After tonight’s 10-3 victory in Fenway Park, the Yankees improved there record to 63-58 on the season. With 41 games remaining for the Bombers, there may be light at the end of the tunnel, that light you ask? 33 games vs. the AL East. With the Yankees sitting in fourth place, playing all these division games will be huge if the Yanks want to make the postseason.

But, the keys to the Yankees success the rest of the way will be there starting pitching, mainly the trio of CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. Now, granted it’s been one start for each, but each have shown improvements from there recent struggles;

CC Sabathia – Aug 13 vs. LAA; 6 IP, 3 Hits, 2 ER’s, 7 K’s, W

Phil Hughes – Aug 15 vs. LAA; 6 IP, 6 Hits, 3 ER’s, 5/1 K/BB

Andy Pettite – Aug 16 @ BOS; 6.2 IP, 6 Hits, 3 ER’s, 5/1 K/BB, W

Each pitcher coming off of solid starts during this mini 6-2 stint the Yanks have put together is big espcially taking pressure of Cy Young candidate Hiroki Kuroda and a resurgent Ivan Nova to put up zeros each night they’re sent out to pitch. CC has to return to a reliable starter the organization can trust putting out there and help make this push towards a playoff spot. He’s not making $24 million this year to be a 10-10 pitcher with a 4.50+ ERA giving up more than a hit per inning, something he has NEVER done during his entire career. Getting CC going would also take a little more burden off Andy, who before his past 2 starts this month, hadn’t pitched into August since 2009. I’m not expecting 7+ 1 run or less starts from these guys, but starts like they’ve had each there past game is something they need to put forth each start, at the least.

Now, to the offense that once resembled a minor league ball club.

Only July 22nd the Yankees penciled in a lineup card that looked like

1. Brett Gardner

2. Ichiro Suzuki

3. Robinson Cano

4. Lyle Overbay

5. Vernon Wells

6. Travis Hafner

7. Eduardo Nunez

8. Chris Stewart

9. Luis Cruz

 

A little than a month later, vs. the Sox in Fenway

1. Brett Gardner

2. Eduardo Nunez

3. Robinson Cano

4. Alfonso Soriano

5. Alex Rodriguez

6. Vernon Wells

7. Ichiro Suzuki

8. Mark Reynolds

9. Chris Stewart

With the likes of Curtis Granderson coming off the bench to pinch hit. A RH ridden lineup well equip to handle lefty pitching and they did just that scoring 10 runs. As the injured has came off the DL and the move to acquire Babe Ruth, sorry Alfonso Soriano has given the Yankees a lineup full of major league players ready to win games. Most importantly, Robinson Cano must be SO happy he finally has protection in this lineup, another hit tonight extended his hit-streak to 11 games who’s hitting over .400 over that span.

The Yanks are 5.5 games out of the second wild card spot right now and are within striking distance. The key for them is to continue with this 2 series winning streak and continue to do just that. Now that the cavalry has arrived, minus a few pieces on the way soon, there time has come to make there move. Yankee fans, we’re not done yet.

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2 thoughts on “Playoff push is not out of the question for our beloved Yanks

    Ben said:
    August 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Hey buddy it’s Ben. No question they’re an improved team over what they were for much of the season … in fact, right now, they’re playing their best ball of the year. I know this is stating the obvious, but the playoffs still feel like an extreme long shot. According to Baseball Prospectus’s most recent update, their current playoff odds sit at 6.5%.

    I wouldn’t expect much out of Hughes, but I do agree that if both CC and Pettitte have a strong final six weeks (and the likelihood of that is iffy, at best), then they could make things interesting. The team isn’t going to score double digit runs every night, but they’ll hit enough to win some games. Had this been their team all season I think they win 90 games and have a great shot at a WC spot. Just tough to pull themselves out of this whole … considering the deficit and the amount of teams in front.

    Nice job … you should try to post more regularly. That’s the only way to get people to take notice.

      therealgrande responded:
      August 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      CC’s had 2 good starts in a row & today could be the start that turns his season completely around. I believe if we continue to win series we have a chance, but theres no time to falter.

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