The good news is there will be October baseball, but the question remains how long that run will be for the boys in the Bronx.
The Yankees are on their way to winning 100 games, but there is a lack of fulfillment among a good majority of fans across the tristate area.
I think it’s twofold. First, it’s the fact that this Yankee group is dead and buried when it comes to winning a division title.
The second aspect is that many of the fixtures of last year's postseason run are at the moment major question marks as we reach the homestretch of the season.
The Yankees relied heavily on Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino and Greg Bird a season ago.
Fast-forward to 2018 and there are major concerns about every single one of those guys.
Judge’s situation is much more complicated than the rest due to his wrist injury, and the expectation is that he will be back before the end of the year.
Greg Bird has been so bad for a majority of 2018 that it’s difficult to imagine that he’s going to play a big role in the postseason, especially with the emergence of Luke Voit and the solid play of Neil Walker.
However, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino need to get straightened out in the absolute worst way.
In the first half of the season, Severino was pitching like one of the best pitchers in baseball and looked like a guy who you would want on the mound with the season on the line.
Severino since the All-Star break has been nothing short of a disaster. His ERA is hovering around 7.50 since the middle of July.
Not exactly the guy you would want starting a wild card game or the first game of the Division Series.
With the way he’s pitched, there’s very little chance Severino will get the chance to start in the wild card game. However, the Yankees won’t have enough in their starting rotation to get through the postseason without him.
Behind the dish, Sanchez has been a bitter disappointment throughout most of the 2018 season.
There have been issues with hustle, defensive lapses, and the worst offensive output of his young career.
Sanchez has not done the job and there’s no denying that, however he can provide something that separates the Yankees from the other contenders in the American League.
When Sanchez is right, he’s a catcher who has an offensive skill set that can be a difference maker in the middle of the order.
The idea of benching him in the wild card game and the postseason to me is laughable.
Why? Well, because without that bat where it needs to be, the Yankees won’t sniff the World Series.
The rest of September needs to be about getting Sanchez and Severino back to form.
If they don’t, it’s hard to envision a trip back to the World Series or a trip down the Canyon of Heroes.
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