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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/10/2020

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Playoff hopes in jeopardy; anatomy of a bad month; Coney moving on?; Kratz key to prospect growth

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CBS | Matt Snyder: A year after meeting in the ALCS, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees find themselves on the edge of the AL playoff picture. Both teams have suffered injuries up and down the roster, and combined with a more competitive-than-expected division, it’s possible one or both clubs, projected to be the two best in the AL at the beginning of the year, miss an expanded postseason.

Craig Edwards | FanGraphs: Three weeks of dreadful baseball have led to the above-mentioned plummet in the AL standings. What’s been the cause? Well, kind of everything. The offense has dropped from one of the league’s best to a dreg among dregs, and the relief corps may alone immolate the team’s playoff hopes. Not a good formula for a team that counted on its lineup and expensive bullpen all year.

New York Post | Andrew Marchand: David Cone’s contract with the YES network is up at the end of the season. Widely regarded as one of the best baseball analysts on TV, you should expect something of a bidding war for his booth work over the winter. John Fillipelli loves what Coney brings to the table, which should mean the broadcast network makes great effort to retain him in the offseason.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: One bright spot for the team this season has been the debuts of two much-ballyhooed pitching prospects, Deivi García and Clarke Schmidt. For Garcia, and reliever Miguel Yajure, the transition to the major league roster has been eased by the presence of catcher Erik Kratz, a major influence on both pitchers, as well as other Latin arms in the minors.