The New York Yankees’ season has been a story of stretches, and the last week has been a rough stretch for the Bronx Bombers, but is it concerning?
The New York Yankees were horrible towards the end of August and the beginning of September, but then they got healthy and went onto win 10 in a row. Since that 10-game win streak came to an end against the Red Sox on September 20th, the Yankees hold a 1-5 record.
Although five of those six games are against two teams in the Blue Jays and Marlins who will be playing in the postseason this year, the Yankees need to be better, especially with the postseason less than a week away.
So is the 1-5 stretch concerning with the postseason set to start next week?
I would say yes, going 1-5 against two teams that currently hold a combined 61-55 record when they’ll likely be playing the Twins, Indians, or White Sox who all are 34-24 or better, is definitely concerning.
If the Yankees struggle against the Marlins and Blue Jays, both teams who wouldn’t be close to the postseason picture under normal circumstances, how do they expect to beat the Twins, White Sox or Indians in a best-of-three series?
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During this six-game stretch where the Yankees have won only one game, they have given up an average of 7.33 runs while scoring an average of only four. Certainly not ideal, and even worse when you look at the 10-game win streak they just came off of where they scored an average of 8.5 and gave up an average of only 2.5.
So that being said, yes, I would say this 1-5 stretch is certainly concerning. The Yankees have shown time and time again this season that they are a team of stretches, and that won’t work in the postseason.
In the postseason you need to be a consistently good team, and if you’re not, you’re going to be one of the first teams sent home. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they haven’t exactly shown they can be a consistently good team.
Now I’m not at all saying that will be the case for the Yankees, but if they want to have a chance to even advance to the American League Divisional Series, they need to step it up and do it in a big way.