New York Yankees: Now Or Never

Sep 27, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) watches his solo home run during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

By: Joe Cardoso

 

10 days into the month of August and it is a dog fight in the American League for a spot in the postseason. The Yankees are struggling and holding on to one of two wild card spots and also trying to get things right. Sitting at 60-42 and 4-6 in their last ten games, it has been a bumpy second half for the Bronx Bombers. Now comes the injury to C.C. Sabathia knee his MRI came back clean which is great news, he is needed to be on his game to help lead the squad to the promised land. How affective will he be witha bulky knee is the question.The Yanks have some help on the way in the form of Greg Bird, Sterlin Castro, and Aaron Hicks. With the way the offense has been lately, they will take all the bats they can get.

Of bigger concern is the play of the young big 3 who are in a slump. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Clint Frazier. Getting runs has been painful to watch as of late, and this habit of leaving runners on base is getting old. The life blood of the offense is the big 3 and the time to shake off the bad mojo and get things moving is now. If there is one category you don’t want to be leading its most strikeouts since the all star break and Aaron Judge holds that title. Do the Yanks sit him for a few games? You can’t let the fans who still worship Judge influence a sound choice to help the team. With each game, the road to the postseason becomes harder. Did we all just drink way too much of the “we are back” kool aid and now seeing the REAL Yankees?

One thing that I think any fan of baseball and not just Yankee fans can agree on is the bullpen is nasty. By adding old face David Robinson and Tommy Kahnle to the pen a weakness is now a strong point and only getting better. Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, Adam Warren, Chad Green make up a strong group. But again without any run support, the pen could become worn out quickly. In the end hopefully last nights 11-5 win highlighted by RUNS and a great performance by the pen to shut the Blue Jays down. That is the kind of game the doctor ordered.

The time is NOW for these Yankees to make it happen or has this season been what I expected since day one a building one. Time will tell if Pinstripe Pride is alive and well.

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Joe (Cartright) Cardoso here! I’m the epitome of a sports junkie. An alum of the College of Southern Maryland, I received a diploma from the Maryland Institute of Broadcasting (MIB). During my tenure at MIB, I was a news/sports major and had the opportunity to intern at Fox 45 sports and Ravens Radio. I also worked as an overnight board operator for Sports Talk 980 ESPN Radio. I’ve been a total sports fanatic pretty much from the womb. My first love is soccer followed by basketball and then football. My favorite athletes are Kevin Garnett and Marino Rivera and my sports teams are the Yankees, Redskins, Michigan, Wizards, and Chelsea. My passion for sports is never ending. My sister once commented that I would probably follow pig racing if it was a sport! I had to agree. Nuts and Bolts Sports is a HUGE deal to me. It brings together others who share my obsession and love for everything sports and fulfills a life-long dream to bring sports news to fans my way.
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