5 Adjustments New York Yankees Must Make For Playoff Push

5 Adjustments New York Yankees Must Make For Playoff Push

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The Yankees have the most championships in baseball history with 27, but they are in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year. Just four games out of the AL East and right in the thick of the AL wild card race, they can still reach the postseason. If they hope to do that, they will have to make these five adjustments down the stretch.

5. Add Pitching

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5. Add Pitching

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Hiroki Kuroda is the only pitcher from the Yankees' Opening Day starting rotation who is still pitching right now. With plenty of injuries to key starters, the Yankees need to add pitching badly down the stretch. They've been connected to names such as Cliff Lee and any pitcher of that caliber would greatly increase their chances of reaching the postseason.

4. Get Healthy

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4. Get Healthy

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With injuries to virtually the entire starting rotation and rising star third baseman Yangervis Solarte, the Yankees have faced plenty of obstacles this season. There are some players they won't get back this year, but once some come back healthy, the Yankees could go on a run.

3. Play With A Sense of Urgency

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3. Play With A Sense of Urgency

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Manager Joe Girardi needs to instill in his team that this is the time for them to decide what kind of team they are. They've been muddling around .500 for a while now, so someone needs to step up and stop accepting mediocrity to send them on a run while pushing them into contention in the division.

2. Improve Play At Yankee Stadium

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2. Improve Play At Yankee Stadium

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This season, the Yankees are just 21-24 at home. So much for home-field advantage. As long as the Yankees can improve their play at home while continuing their solid play on the road, they will be in the playoff race right to the end.

1. Rally Behind Derek Jeter

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1. Rally Behind Derek Jeter

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If there's ever been a year Jeter is hungry for a championship, it's this season. He surely wants one last hurrah before hanging up the cleats, and that could be an inspiring force for this team. As the great leader he is, expect Jeter to rally the troops and inspire a run that should give the organization a shot at playing in October.

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