The Yankees came into this series with high hopes. They had just taken two out of three against the Orioles. The Yankees came just short of sweeping the Orioles at home. That made for a tough task of trying to take two of three against the Royals on their home turf.
The Yankees have shown great resiliency all season. With a group led by the ‘baby bombers’ and veterans. The Yankees fell behind 8-1 in the first game, but struck back to make it 8-5 and even brought the tying run to the plate. In game 2 after a battle with the rain the Royals came roaring back to tie the game. In the 10th inning the Yankees scored a big run. Ben Heller came in to close the game and got in a lot of trouble. The Yankees turned to Chasen Shreve who had struggled all season. He stranded the potential tying, and go ahead run with a strike out and a fly ball to win the game for the Yankees. The Yankees went into game 3 and found themselves in a quick 4-0 hole in the third inning. The Yankees struck against Kennedy in the sixth and by the seventh they had tied up the game. With a short bullpen the Yankees relied on Chasen Shreve, Blake Parker, and Ben Heller to keep the game tied. The Yankees went on to throw 10 scoreless innings and come back to win a big 13 inning thriller.
The Yankees have now made themselves known as a true presence in the wild card race. After taking two of three in four consecutive series. Three of which were teams that are currently ahead of them.
The Yankees have caught fire at the plate in August. Mostly thanks to the historic start of Gary Sanchez. They batted .274 as a team in August which beats their best month this season by over 24 points.
They have had big contributions from Sanchez, Castro, Torreyes, and others. The Yankees have done a good job at picking other’s up through this month. If someone has a bad game, someone else has a huge game to compensate for it.
However the most important part of the Yankees post season push is their middle relief. After trading Miller and Chapman the Yankees middle relief has been mangled. The Yankees have been forced to rely on the likes of Swarzak, Yates, Goody, and Barbato among others in crucial points of games.
The Yankees biggest help may come from Chasen Shreve who rose to the occasion against the Royals. After spending most of his season in AAA working on his splitter, and his slider to lefties he put his talents on display. Remember that last season he was one of the Yankees most consistent bullpen arms through the first three quarters of the season. If Shreve could be returning to form he could really fortify a weak middle relief core.
Also, with the September call ups the Yankees can bring up Luis Severino. Severino has proven to be a potentially devastating arm out of the bullpen. He has a good fastball, and a sharp breaking ball that plays well out of the pen. When just having to work one or two innings Severino can be very effective out of the pen.
The Yankees will also probably call up Janes Pazos, and Bryan Mitchell who could potentially strengthen their middle relief even further. Along with that the Yankees will probably being up others; such as, Barbato, Yates, and Goody.
With just a month to go in the season the Yankees are in prime striking position to steal a playoff spot. Barely a month removed from “selling” at the deadline the Yankees have new life. Fueled by new face’s and young kids, the Yankees are ready to make their strongest playoff push yet. The Yankees sit just two games out in the loss column for the second wild card position, and play all but three of their games against AL East opponents.
Regardless of the Yankees final outcome of this season they have already won. By selling at the deadline the Yankees have made their minor league system arguably the best in baseball. They have done all of this while competing and pulling closer to a playoff spot. Get ready for a wild September for the Yanks!