Three weeks ago from today I maintained as much of a positive attitude as I could after the Yankees got demolished in a four-game series at Fenway Park. As the Yankees went from being 5.5 GB in the AL East to 9.5 GB in the AL East, I said that they aren’t dead yet.
My reasoning behind this was that I thought the Yankees were still going to get home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game, and if they can gain momentum throughout the rest of the regular season, they’d be ready to compete in the playoffs. I also said in that previous article three weeks ago, “The division is over.” I’d like to retract my statement from August 6th, and say that not only are the Yankees not dead, but the division is still up for grabs!
Last night, the Yankees win over the Orioles moved them to only 6 GB in the AL East (5 in the loss column) after the Red Sox were swept by the Rays in Tampa this weekend.
The Boston Red Sox were swept this weekend by the Tampa Bay Rays and have lost six of their last eight games.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) August 26, 2018
Let me just remind everyone that the Yankees are playing without Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Didi Gregorius right now. The fact that they’re making up ground in the AL East without them is extremely impressive.
I’ve been saying all year that I don’t think the Red Sox have the pitching staff to win a World Series, and that it was eventually going to catch up with them. With Chris Sale on the DL, maybe this slide is a sign of it starting to catch up to them
The Yankees have the White Sox and Tigers coming up this week, while the Red Sox have the Marlins and White Sox. It may be tough to make up more than a game with these horrendous opponents on the schedule for both teams, but the Yankees still have six more games against the Red Sox this season, including a three-game series at Fenway to end the year. You never know what can happen if the Yankees are within 2-3 games of the division lead going into that series.
Let me also give a shoutout to Luke Voit, who the Yankees acquired in a deal with the Cardinals before the trade deadline. In the series sweep vs. the Orioles this weekend, Voit went 7/11 with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs. Every Yankee fan including me bashed Aaron Boone for playing Voit at times, and now Voit has proven us all wrong. He’s playing miles better than Greg Bird, and it’s huge for the Yankees to finally get some production from the first base position.
You also have to love the emotion Voit showed when rounding the bases after his home run Sunday night. Welcome to the lineup Luke Voit, because Greg Bird won’t be seeing much time anymore.
The Yankees complete their four game sweep of the O’s. Sevy picks up win number 17, Luke Voit stays scorching hot with another bomb and 3 hits. Miggy just continues to be a monster.
5 back in the loss column 🤫pic.twitter.com/7QqBNHUSEH
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) August 27, 2018
With college football and the NFL, the MLB falls behind in terms of priority in September, but don’t worry everyone, expect A LOT of Yankee blogs next month. Let’s keep picking up ground in the AL East!