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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/20/20

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The Yankees and Mets passed the first test by playing each other; The Yankees’ playoff chances have taken a hit in the shortened season; Mike King impressed Aaron Boone; What will the Bombers do with their plethora of outfielders?

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: “Nothing in 2020 surprises me anymore,” said Aaron Boone. The Yankees and Mets passed the first test by playing each other, but it’s just the first of many. This is the season in which for the first time you have to ask: Will there even be a champion in the end?

NJ.com | Nick Devlin: Back in February, PECOTA projections originally gave the Yankees an 89.1% chance of winning the division and a 97.5% chance of making the postseason. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Yankees’ chances have taken a noticeable hit. PECOTA now gives the Bombers a 73% chance to win the AL East and an 88.4% chance of making the postseason.

New York Post | George A. King III: What will the Yankees do with their plethora of quality outfielders? Does Clarke Schmidt really have a shot at making the rotation? What are the chances the Yankees sign Judge to a long-term deal, given his injury history? Find out the answers to those questions here.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Mike King impressed Aaron Boone in his exhibition start against the Mets at Citi Field Saturday night. He gave up just one run on three hits and struck out three. If Masahiro Tanaka isn’t ready for Opening Day, could King make the starting rotation?