Wink, wink to just named AL All-Stars Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances that there is no need to show-off on July 16th in Minnesota. You know, if the Yankees happen to be playing baseball in late October no need to claim home field advantage.
Ok joking aside, the Yankees are 4-1 on this current road trip, making them 27-20 when away compared to 18-23 at home.
Still, unlike the delusional YES Network broadcasters who manage, between their Jeter love fest, to pathetically try to spin things to seem better off then they are, I will attempt to be realistic here.
Taking three of four from the Twins, and last night beating the Indians 5-3 does not exactly give the much-needed confidence fans are desperately waiting to see.
Then again the Twins did win two of three in the Bronx at the end of May, but considering that the Yankees are 4-9 in completed home series this season, beating them on their own turf seems to be easier. Or more importantly, a trend the Yankees need to break.
At 45-34, the Yankees are 3.5 games back in the AL East, which doesn’t leave much room for error in the second half of the season if they want tot make the playoffs.
Winning all six of these games would be idyllic, yet unlikely but not impossible.
The bottom line is the Yankees need to start playing better on all fields, as there no such thing as being contenders on paper because that doesn’t win championships.
And can you think of a better day to start hot streak then Tanaka Tuesday?