with the return of Aaron Judge to the lineup of the new york yankees, the expectations for the team from the big apple to fight again for a position in the postseason increase. Submerged in last place in the American League East, eight games from the lead (Baltimore Orioles) and two and a half from the zone of wild cardthe Bombers will try to come back in the last two months on the calendar.
The Yankees are 14-1 in games in which Aaron Judge has homered this season. (The loss came to the Twins on April 14.) They went 39-12 in games in which Judge hit at least one home run last season, so their presence is indispensable.
Judge was reinstated from the disabled list this afternoon after being sidelined with a toe ligament tear. The outfielder was banged up in early June when he made a spectacular catch at Dodger Stadium.
While the addition of Judge adds power to a lineup that has been anemic without the captain, New Yorkers need a lot more than the Judge’s stick to become contenders for the next World Series.
As bad as they may be, history tells us that the New York Yankees have rarely become a seller before the trade deadline. With a winning DNA, the organization with the most World Series titles will go on the market to get talent that can shore up its artillery.
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With Josh Donaldson on the disabled list and in the midst of one of his worst seasons ever to be remembered on the Big Show, it’s very likely that the general manager Brian Cashman, look for a third baseman who can get on base.
The Yankees are exploring options in the East Coast.
With the Washington Nationals rebuilding, the Bombers would be interested in two of their men: Infielder Jeimer Candelario and outfielder Lane Thomas.
Candelario, 29 years old, he is having the best year of his major league career with a .256/.336/.483 batting line with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs.
Thomas, 27, should have represented the Nationals in the last All-Star Game as he is having a great season with numbers .293/.341/.486 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs.
And before you freak out who we’re giving up, the key to this is giving up some prospects. remember, the Yankees can’t give up, so they can’t afford to give away solid players on their active roster. If they did, they would be considered sellers, which they are not.
The Yankees face the Baltimore Orioles starting this afternoon in a three-game commitment.
The Big Apple team will have right-hander Clarke Schmidt (6-6, 4.33) as starter. He is targeting his fifth straight win and hasn’t been beaten since June 6.
Schmidt took the loss on May 25 in a 3–1 home loss to Baltimore when he allowed one run in five innings. He has a 2-2 record with a 4.09 ERA in eight career games (three starts) against the Orioles.
New York rode a six-game skid against the top two teams in the AL East. They are back at home against Tampa Bay Monday through Wednesday.
The Yankees are 35-14 in Baltimore since 2018, including two wins in three games this year (April 7-9).