The Yankees are getting closer to what will be an exciting series for their franchise. There is arguably more buzz around the Yankees now than at any point since 2009. The past few seasons have been thrilling, but all those early postseason departures have led the Yankees to go bold and sign Gerrit Cole in an attempt to get over the hump.
With that excitement in mind, it makes sense to see what the 2020 season has in store for the Bombers on a monthly basis. Also a quick note, this article will not include the month of March in which the Yankees only play five games against the Rays and the Orioles.
This month has a few interesting matchups for the Yankees. After the Rays in March, their first big competitor will be the A’s, as they travel to Oakland for a three-game series from April 10-12. Five days later they’ll be back in the Bronx for another three-game series against the Reds, who have an intriguing roster boasting players like Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Trevor Bauer, Michael Lorenzen, and Luis Castillo. Another five days later, near the end of April, the Yankees will face off against the Indians who have been at least a 90-win team over the past four seasons.
May will be the ultimate American League test for the Yankees as they face off against four of their key competitors in the Rays, Red Sox, Astros, and Twins. The Red Sox and Rays are division rivals, while the Astros are entangled in a sign-stealing scandal. The Yankees will also face off against the Brewers and former NL MVP Christian Yelich in Milwaukee towards the end of the month.
June: Cubs, Twins, and division rivals
The one series that sticks out over all others in June is the Cubs. Chicago, who missed the playoffs last year, are looking to bounce back to regain their dominance from 2016. This series, taking place from June 24-27, will have studs all over the field from Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Kyle Schwarber to Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Gerrit Cole. The Yankees will also face off against the Twins, Rays, and Red Sox once again.
July of 2020 will be the month of the Subway Series. The pair of two-game series will be thrilling as two of the MLB’s best pitching staffs will face off. New Yorkers will get to witness starts from the likes of Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Luis Severino all over four games this month. Don’t forget Dellin Betances will also make his debut against his former team. The Yankees will take on another National League squad in the Cardinals, who were a playoff team in 2019. The Yankees will also take on the Red Sox twice as the second series of the month between the two will take us into August.
The Yankees start off the month taking on the A’s for the second time in 2020. After that, from August 17-23, they take on only AL East opponents in the Rays and the Blue Jays. Don’t forget about the Field of Dreams game against the White Sox, either. To end the month, they’ll take on the Indians before beginning September with the Red Sox.
September: Red Sox, Astros, Blue Jays, Rays
Outside of facing the Astros, the Yankees will only be playing AL East opponents in September. This month has the potential to determine who will be the best team in the division. That has the makings for an exciting stretch run.