Sellers at the trade deadline, the New York Yankees are making a post-season push. The surging offense has gotten a boost from Gary Sanchez and his 11 HR’s in 22 games; putting the Yankees right back in the playoff discussion. The Yankees were a team that was struggling to stay above .500 for most of the year; but the resurgent offense has brought them back to within 3.5 games of the second Wildcard spot in the American League.
The casual fan might not know who half of the players on the Yankees roster are, but since the trade deadline, the Yankees lead the AL in OPS, are second in HR’s, and second in runs scored. They say that teams should start playing their best ball in August & September to have a shot at the playoffs and New York has positioned themselves as well as they could. The only thing holding them back from a potential playoff berth? The five teams they have to leapfrog in the standings to take the final Wildcard spot (Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners).
As good as the Yankees (15-10) have been in August, the Royals (19-7) and Mariners (16-11) have been that much better. With so many talented teams ahead of them in the playoff race, it seems unlikely that New York will make the postseason this year – but baseball is a funny sport and nothing is out of the realm of possibility.