New York Yankees: 7 Important Needs for the Second Half

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7: Weak AL East

Jun 9, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (53) speaks with left fielder Hanley Ramirez (13) after he fouled a ball off his knee during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

If there is one thing we know from the first 60 games of the season, it’s that the Yankees are going to be a very streaky team. After a slow start (3-6), they won 18 out of the next 24 to get to 21-12. Then they lost 10 out of their next 11 to put them at 22-22. Most recently they have won 10 out of 15 and are in first place by 2 games in the AL East at 33-26.

The weak division has allowed the Yankees to have the lowest of lows, without suffering many consequences.  No team has separated itself from the pack, although the Blue Jays are scorching hot right now (8 straight wins). Many people thought the division would be this way all year long and so far it has benefited the Yankees greatly.

That being said, only 7 games separates the Yankees (1st place) and Red Sox (last place) in the division, which is tied for the lowest margin, with the AL Central. As bad as any of the teams have been, they can all believe they still have a shot to win. I don’t see this streaky Yankees team changing, so they are going to need the division to continue to play poorly overall.

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