Some days the New York Yankees look like world-beaters, led by an offense that is third in MLB in home runs and second overall in run scoring. Other days, the team struggles against the Baltimore Orioles and you wonder just how far this group can go.
New York enters their pivotal AL East matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays 1.5 games out of first, and quite simply needs to win this series. While rookie-sensation Luis Severino was set to toe the rubber tonight, the game has been postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday. The extra day of rest can ultimately aid their cause.
New York can still reassess their rotation, perhaps giving extra rest to CC Sabathia. Severino and Masahiro Tanaka were already scheduled to start in the series, as well Michael Pineda, and Iván Nova. While Nova and Pineda have had struggles lately, it doesn’t seem likely either one gets skipped.
Though it might be asking a lot for a team to take three of four, or even sweep a team as hot as Toronto, the time is now for the Yankees to seize their opportunity. A split with the Blue Jays keeps them stagnant at 1.5 out of first. If they can conceivably sweep, they are in first place going into their matchup with Tampa Bay, followed by the remaining three games in Toronto starting Sept. 21. Three out of four sets the tone for New York.
A sweep doesn’t seem likely, but the Yankees have flip-flopped lately. One week they’re cold, the next they’re hot. Coming off a losing series against the Orioles, and knowing just how important this series is, the Yankees know they must come out ready to go. These teams will likely take it down to the final weekend of the season.