The dog days of summer have been kind to the New York Yankees. If the month were to end today, the Yankees would post their best winning percentage in August in the last 50 years — and the way they’ve been playing, they could still improve on that mark. A convincing sweep of the rival Red Sox and some continued bullying of the Twins has vaulted the Yankees to the top of the Wild Card standings, and they have the division-leading Rays in their sights as well. This team has played well previously, including a strong stretch of games in May, but they’ve never looked as cohesive as they are right now.
The stretch run awaits, and there will be a number of challenges left on the schedule, but the tide truly seems to be turning in their favor. Now all that remains is to sustain it, and there’s been a good deal of progress in that regard as well. Several key players have returned from the IL and fit seamlessly into this reinvigorated roster. Some question marks still remain though — for instance, will Luis Severino be able to make an impact on the playoff hunt? Will Anthony Rizzo and Luke Voit both get enough consistent at-bats to remain red hot at the plate? If you’ve got questions like these, or any other concerns, be sure to send them in for a chance to be featured in our Yankees mailbag.
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