Friday, July 15, 2016

Yankees Second Half Schedule Allows for “Declaration”


Ladies and gentleman, good morning and Happy Friday. The All-Star break is officially in the books and it is back to business tonight as Major League Baseball kicks off their second half. For much of the month of July all talk around the league will be centered around buyers, sellers and the August 1st trading deadline. According to Yankees officials the team has not yet “declared” themselves and many in the organization are split as to whether the team should buy or sell before the deadline. Brian Cashman has gone on record as willing to sell but Randy Levine and Hal Steinbrenner pity the fool who thinks New York is anything less than a World Series caliber team. Thankfully for the Yankees organization the team’s second half second has all the makings and potential to allow for such “declarations” to be made about the team and their chances in 2016.

The Yankees begin a three game set tonight with the Boston Red Sox in the Bronx before hosting the Baltimore Orioles for four and the San Francisco Giants for three. The team will then travel to Houston to face off with the Astros three times before getting a break (on paper) in Tampa with the Tampa Bay Rays in a three game set. After the Tampa Bay series it’s back to New York for the Yankees but not to play in the Bronx but to play in Queens and inside CitiField against the New York Mets for two. New York will then host those same Mets for two before welcoming the first place Cleveland Indians back to town for a pivotal three-game set that stretches into the month of August.

The Yankees will play seven teams throughout the month of July and into the first week of August and those seven teams have a combined record of 338- 269. All these teams are above .500 with the exception of the last place Tampa Bay Rays (which it is worth mentioning that Tampa could be 0-159 and still play their best ball against New York those final three games of the season). New York may have the toughest schedule of any team during the month of July and into August and that could result in a lot of losses. A lot of them. This team could potentially lose every single series this month. Seriously.

So if Cashman and company need it written in crayon before they can decide to buy or sell they may get just that and more this month on the field. This team did not take advantage of a lull in the schedule and they will likely pay for it this month. Here’s to hoping.



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