Yankee’s Score with Potential Dream Team
In a year where expectations are sky high the New York Yankees have hit a nice groove this last week after losing back to back series to the last place team, the Baltimore Orioles and the division lead, the Boston Red Sox.
They took three of four from the hot hitting Toronto Blue Jays last weekend followed by a four game sweep over the Minnesota Twins. At 15-9 heading into the this weekend they’re right in the mix for best record in the American League and if last year’s playoffs taught us anything having home field advantage throughout the postseason would set them up beautifully for a World Series run. Sure it’s just 24 games out of 162, we saw it three years ago when the Yanks were three games back of the Kansas City Royals for best record in early July with a seven game lead in the division over the Blue Jays.
Things quickly changed when A-Rod and Mark Teixera’s hot hitting May and June cooled off over the summer while the Jays made a few deadline deals and went on a 42 and 16 run to take the division. The Yankees still hung on grab the first wild card and host a home playoff game but the faced a young Astros team that ended the Yanks playoff hopes before the game even started.
But now things are different. The team has more clarity on who they are after making it to within one game of the World Series last season. They have a core group of young stars in Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Luis Severino signed for the next five seasons at a relatively low cost.
This group of young men reminds many of us Yankee fans of the early years of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera when they made the postseason together in 1995 and lost in the first round. That loss was a building block for those players, as they went on to win four Championships in five years and proved to be one of the most dominant dynasties in baseball history.
Now I’m not saying history will repeat itself but from what I’ve seen so far, it certainly can.