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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

Yankees should trade Aroldis Chapman no matter what

The Yankees lately have gotten their act together for the most part and were able to win some ball games, including a five-game winning streak that included a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. During that time, Carlos Beltran was the best hitter and CC Sabathia pitched like it was 2009. 

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Although it looks like the Yankees may have figured some things out, they are still low in the standings and are one bad series away from being back in last place. The Yankees have also had underperforming players on their roster and with the Yankees on their fifth-string first baseman, it’s hard to see the Yankees being able to be serious contenders for the whole season.

Even if the Yankees are able to contend, they could still afford to trade away one of their big three relievers and still be able to win ball games and improve for 2017 and beyond. Out of the big three relievers, the Yankees should trade flamethrower Aroldis Chapman. Chapman has been solid since returning from his suspension, converting eleven saves and pitching to a 1.93 ERA in fifteen games. Chapman has also struck out twenty one batters in fourteen innings. Because of the off-the-field issues, the Yankees were able to acquire Chapman without giving up too much and with his suspension over, the Yankees should get a better return if they flip him to another team.

In the end, when the trade deadline comes rolling around the Yankees should trade the reliever who gets them the best return, but I think the Yankees should prioritize shopping Chapman around and see what he can fetch them.

Article by: Julian Bussells
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