Leave it to the Yankees to wring every last bit of drama out of this wayward 2021 season. A week after looking so uninspiring against Baltimore and Cleveland that we were close to writing them off, they’ve roped us back in with consecutive sweeps of the Rangers at home (yawn) and the Red Sox at Fenway (wait, what?). Giancarlo Stanton went berserk in Boston and suddenly, the Yankees are in the driver’s seat of the AL Wild Card race.
Of course, for as good as the offense and bullpen look right now, this final week won’t be easy. New York faces a tougher schedule than its Wild Card foes and will be tested by the Blue Jays and Rays as 2021 draws to a close. The days ahead are still daunting, but at least the Fenway sweep made the outlook brighter.
Other topics beyond the zany pennant race include Gleyber Torres’ resurgence, Jameson Taillon and Jonathan Loáisiga’s pending returns, Aaron Judge’s gross pinky dislocation, and Luis Severino just bringing a damn smile to our faces. There’s all that and as always, our Yankee and Mitre of the Week.
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