The New York Yankees plowed right through adversity in the first-half en route to a 6.5-game lead in the AL East. Despite playing with a banged up roster for over two months, the Yankees managed just fine with a record of 57-31. When their heavy hitters returned to the lineup, they began to pull away from the Tampa Bay Rays who weren’t going away at first. The injuries allowed the Rays to have some false hope earlier on. It was a foregone conclusion what was going to happen in the future, though. The Yankees have had a couple of setbacks since getting healthier.
Giancarlo Stanton injured his knee and Domingo German just recently made a return after sitting out for about a month. The Yankees are still waiting for good news on Luis Serverino. A healthy Serverino and they wouldn’t have to be so active in the trade market for another pitcher. Regardless, the Yankees are always looking to bring in a new starting pitcher at the deadline.
Marcus Stroman’s name has been floated around a lot, but there are a lot of other options out there as well. The Yankees hope to put a nail in the coffin of the rest of the AL East by August. The Red Sox have an uphill battle especially, as they enter Friday with a record of 49-41. Missing out on a wildcard is plausible, along with watching the division fade away.
They’re 9 games behind the Yankees, which is good for 3rd in the AL East. I don’t think it’d surprise anyone if they were one of the teams who went on a monster run in the second-half, though. The way I see it, the bullpen must be better than 15th in the majors for them to go on a run. The Bronx Bombers open the second-half at Yankee Stadium in a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. I hope the Yankees enjoyed the break and rested up, because their next day off isn’t for another 17 days. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Yankees pick.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick:
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The Toronto Blue Jays will have some teams calling inquiring about their assets this month. Stroman will be the main target for many teams, including the Yankees who will likely pull the trigger at the right price. Aaron Sanchez was supposed to be in the cards as well. Going into this season, the Blue Jays identified Sanchez as a tradable piece. Nothing more than depth for a rotation looking for another arm, but at this point, there isn’t much that can be done with his 6.16 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. There might be a small window here for him to turn it around before the deadline.
He is coming off one of his better starts of the year, though. So, maybe if he can start to show something, the Jays might have something to market him with. However, that was against the Orioles and it was only the first time in seven games that he allowed less than 4 runs. Despite the nice outing, he still holds a 10.12 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in his last three. Sanchez enters Yankee Stadium with an ERA of 6.75 and .400 OBA on the road in 2019. With some rest, look for the Yankees to do some damage against Sanchez at the dish.
Meanwhile, Domingo German made his first start on July 3rd since June 7th. German was struggling for a few games, which the Yankees attributed to a hip flexor injury. He looked much better in his return on the 3rd against the Mets. The Mets scored just 1-run on German in 6 innings of work.
He seemed to be over the injury, and with this week off, it should benefit German even more. German has been best at Yankee Stadium in 2019, where he has posted an ERA of 2.37 and 1.12 WHIP. The Blue Jays have scored 2 runs on German in 16 at-bats. Note that the Jays are hitting just .223 against right-handed pitching, while the Yankees are hitting .268. The Yanks have won four straight against the Blue Jays. Look for a fifth on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.