Yankees Reach The Five Over Mark With A Chance To Build Against KC

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The Yankees have made it to five games over .500. The climb has been anything but easy. With Kansas City in town, there a chance to build…

Former Yankees’ manager Joe Torre always measured his teams in stacks of fives.

The first step was to get the Yankees to five over .500, and from there, the idea was to reach ten over, fifteen over, and so on.

The key, of course, is for the team to be consistent by winning series matchups, with no hiccups leading to losing streaks, or for that matter, winning streaks.

Yankees: Step One On The Ladder

The 2021 Yankees have reached the first plateau (38-33), going 6-4 in their last ten while creeping to within 4.5 games of Boston and Tampa Bay, with a deficit of only four games in the AL Wild Card race.

Fresh off two straight wins against a mighty Oakland A’s team, with yesterday’s walk-off triple-play putting a cap on Father’s Day at the Stadium, the Kansas City Royals are in town for a three-game set.

The Royals hold the distinction of being one of the most inconsistent teams in the major leagues, and unfortunately for them, there have been more losing than winning streaks.

The Royals have lost eleven straight (May 2-13) and six in a row from June 11-16.

Consistent with their inconsistency, the Royals arrive at Yankee Stadium after beating the Boston Red Sox twice over the weekend at Fenway.

Yankees: Backing Up The Mantra?

From every corner of the Yankees clubhouse, whether from Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, and on up the ladder to Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman, the mantra is the same.

Paraphrasing their thoughts, the Yankees’ thinking is, “We’re much better than we’ve shown. It’s June, not September, but we have to get it going now…”

Well, here ya go, team. What better time to do that but to stomp on the Royals to gain momentum for the upcoming series this weekend in Boston against the Red Sox.

Yankees Gerrit Cole on fire 2021
Yankees Gerrit Cole on fire 2021

A bonus of sorts is that the Rays and Red Sox are squaring off in Tampa while the Yankees tangle with the Royals. Any Yankees win means picking up a game on the losing team in that series.

The Yankees are off today, and they’ve scheduled Gerrit Cole (8-3, 2.51) for the opener, followed by Michael King (0-3, 4.08) and Jameson Taillon (1-4, 5.59) to close out the series with an afternoon game before the Yankees fly to Boston on Thursday.

Help Is On The Way – Luke Voit Returns

Of late, the Yankees starting pitching has fallen off considerably, and both King and Taillon have been contributors on the negative side.

On the other hand, though, Yankees bats are coming alive, especially those of Gary Sanchez and DJ LeMahieu, while the faithful play of Gio Urshela and Aaron Judge continues.

Yankees’ first baseman Luke Voit is over his oblique injury, and his swing looked pretty healthy, too, Friday night while he was going 3-for-4 with a homer and double in a rehab game with the Class AA Somerset Patriots.

According to Randy Miller of NJ.com, Voit will be in uniform for the game tomorrow night and is expected to start first.

Reliever Darren O’Day is not too far behind and will begin a rehab stint similar to Zack Britton, followed by increasing pitch counts.

According to Aaron Boone, “That’s the plan.”

Now, it’s time to see if this Yankees’ team has this thing figured out, and if they reach that next plateau of ten games over .500, with no hiccups in-between.

Here’s What Readers Are Saying…

Bruce Sadler Question needs to be asked is will they turn their 4th triple this year this week’

Hubie Mercado Bats have to wake up early. Not this lukewarmness that’s been going on.

Andrew Lorton Keep it going guys, especially Sanchez and Stanton.

Neil Kirby KC has been playing well lately. Can’t take them lightly. Look what Seattle did to Tampa Bay this weekend.

Larry Gene Mofield This is a very good team that like the last dozen years can not consistently hit with runners in scoring position. If they can get Sevy back and get 8 starts out of him before the playoffs I believe this team can succeed. That said with Cole, Sevy, German, and Monty with a bullpen of Tallion, Britton, Green, Loasaiga, Chapman, Luetge, and O’Day we will be tough to beat. Even if we are scoring just a few runs a game in the playoffs.

Benny Jiang I can’t figure this team out! They can go 0-7 at one point. And they can win 8 games in a row!

John W. KovacsThe high-water mark so far is nine games over so this is not really that great but at least they’re heading in the right direction. Again.

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