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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.

Greg Bird to have potentially season ending ankle surgery, expected to be six week recovery

After months of dealing with a nagging ankle injury, Greg Bird will have surgery on his right ankle and is expected to miss six weeks of action. The Yankees continue to suffer blows from injuries as it’s hurt the team all year.
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Bird had a tremendous spring and many around baseball were touting him as a breakout candidate for the 2017 season. His six hits in 60 ABs was followed up by the start of the ankle injury. It's been a certainly disappointing season after also missing all of 2016 due to a shoulder injury. Bird still figures to be a part of the Yanks long term plans at first base, considering the limited amount of internal options they have at the position.

Six weeks would place him at being fully healed around the beginning of September with a month left of regular season baseball. At this point though, it's hard to expect him back this season considering the constant pain he's dealt with even after a cortisone shot to his strange injury. He would also need to rehab and perhaps perform well at Triple-A before being back in the Bronx. By then, it would be around playoff time and with how the Yankees have been playing who knows if they’ll make it. The surgery will hopefully put an end to the injury all together and Yanks fans can only wish for a healthy Greg Bird in 2018.

Article by: Spencer Schultz
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