The New York Yankees have played 107 games this season, and Curtis Granderson has been a part of eight of those contests. For the second time this season, the Yankees will get their 2012 home run leader back in time to start a series with the San Diego Padres.
The Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman didn’t make any moves at the trading deadline, but what they’re getting back today is better than any move they could have made.
Granderson will be back in the Yankees’ lineup, giving them exactly what they needed: a power bat and someone that can hit lefties.
Having Granderson back in the lineup makes the Yankees a better team, but don’t be mistaken, they still have some holes to fill. Obviously, at this point in the season, the Yankees were supposed to have Granderson, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup. At the moment, one is done for the year; the other might be done for life.
But a Yankees lineup with Jeter, Granderson, Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano, coupled with a solid bullpen and a starting rotation that has the potential to be good if CC Sabathia every gets on the right track, following behind AL Cy Young candidate Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees could still be a playoff team.
As I wrote earlier in the week, the Yankees don’t have much of a hope to win the AL East – the current leaders are playing way to well, not to mention they all improved at the deadline.
The wild card is an easily winnable concept at this point, as any teams can take home one of the two spots. The Yanks are eight and a half games back of first in the East, but they are only a couple games back of a wild card berth.
Granderson is back. The Yankees are in San Diego. The push for a playoff spot starts tonight with a series against an under-.500 Padres ball club.
Gavin Ewbank is a Yankees writer for RantSports.com. Follow @GavinEwbank2013 on Twitter for more Yankees talk.