The New York Yankees are beginning a second half of the season that must be better than the first, and they will have to do it without the bulk of their best starting pitchers. C.C. Sabathia has officially been shut down for the season and Ivan Nova has been lost for the year since mid-April. The Yanks must get hot at home in order to maintain relevance in the AL East down the stretch.
The Yankees have always been a team that plays well at home, but like many things this season the bombers have been inconsistent at Yankee Stadium. They’ve been worse than inconsistent and the numbers don’t lie.
Entering the All-Star Break, New York was on pace to win 36 games at home this season, a disheartening number to imagine if you’re a Yankee fan. Over the last 15 years, the Yankees have averaged 50.9 wins at home and eclipsed 50 in 11 of those years.
Much of the Yankees’ fate depends on the health and quality of their pitching staff, but they need to go on some type of run at home. New York’s 19 home wins rank second lowest in the AL, beating only the Texas Rangers. The Yankees are tied for the most wins in the MLB on the road, which has kept them in the division race.
Now it’s time for them to get hot in the Bronx, and they have a great opportunity coming out of the break with a 10-game home stand. New York opened the home stint with a win against the Reds last night, and must build on it. If the Yankees don’t turn things around at the stadium, it will be the first time they finish with a losing record at home in 23 years.