After hitting the walk-off winning homer last Friday night vs. the Orioles, New York Yankees DH, Carlos Beltran told the NY Post, “Baseball is a long season and there’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs. I feel like early in the year we weren’t clicking. Right now the chemistry is good. … When you win, it’s easier.”
Since that night, the Yankees have gone 1-4, bumping themselves down to third place in the AL East with 2.5 games separating them from the Blue Jays, and a half game away from the Baltimore Orioles. And MLB betting odds are not being favorable towards the idea that the Yankees can oust either divisional rival at the moment.
The above scenario of winning and losing games in tight bunches is about the only thing the 2014 Yankees do consistently.
What worries me the most is the way the Yankees make losing seem effortless, and winning a constant battle.
The pitching has kept them competitive in the weak AL East, while the hitting continues to be the Yanks Achilles’ heel.
Overall, the team has got worse each month as in April they finished 15-11; in May they were a .500 ball club at 14-14; and after grinding out a 5-3 win to avoid getting swept up in Toronto, the Yankees are just 11-12 so far in June.
But this weekend, the Yankees have an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone playing host to the lowly Boston Red Sox for a three game set.
First off, the Yankees need to take advantage when playing below .500 by beating like the Red Sox.
Boston has a 36-43 record on the season, going 16-24 in away games and 13-19 vs. AL East teams.
The 2013 World Series Champs offense has tanked in 2014, as now the Red Sox own the worst slugging percentage in the AL (.369); the left the second most men on base (591) in the AL; are tied for grounding into the most double plays (173) and have the third most strikeouts (649) thus far.
By beating their old division rivals, the Yankees can keep digging into the Blue Jays and Orioles leads in the AL East. But also the Yankees can also push Boston, who houses many coveted prospects in the minors, further away from wanting to make a trade this season.
See, the Yankees do not want the Red Sox to open their farm system doors to trade possibility. Boston has a ton more to offer then the Yankees in terms of solid prospects close to being Major League ready.
And with the Red Sox being eight back in the AL East, getting swept in the Bronx should be the icing on the cake for it to make sense for Boston to make any trade.
If the Yankees chemistry is as good as Beltran thinks, than winning this weekend is the perfect time to walk the talk.
So the Yankees need to get two outs with one pitch, fill two needs with one deed…..get it?