The Time Is Now For the Yankees
Coming off a sweep of the Mariners in the Emerald City the Yankees find themselves on top of the AL East standings. While there isn't a cause for concern the time is now for the Bronx Bombers to step on the gas pedal and separate themselves from their competition. The rotation got a huge boost yesterday as Masahiro Tanaka returned from the DL and was dazzling. The Yankees still remain without their top overall player in Jacoby Ellsbury. Once he returns the offense should see more consistency.
The Orioles seem to be content just hanging in the middle of the pack and as good as Toronto's offense is they aren't a serious contender. The Yankees need to watch out for rivals Boston and Tampa Bay. As horrific as the Red Sox have been they are bound to turn things around and go on a run. They also have the prospects and the money to make a division changing type of trade. The Rays are playing hard under new manager Kevin Cash and just took three of four from the Yanks a few weeks ago.
The Yankees are incredibly frustrating to watch as they swept a very good Royals ball club before dropping three out of four to the basement dwelling Athletics. And as mentioned earlier they just swept former star Robinson Cano and his Mariners out of their own ballpark.
The Yankees have the luxury of the AL East being downright terrible right now but can they count on that to continue? That's asking a lot. The time is now for this team to go on a run and win nine of ten or twelve of fifteen to give themselves some breathing room. Maybe that involves Brian Cashman making a big move. Maybe it's Ellsbury coming back or Stephen Drew being released and the promotion of Rob Refsnyder. Regardless one thing is for certain if the Yankees want to prove pinstripe power reigns supreme the time is now.
Article by: Matt Cote
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