The Yankees went 4-2 this week, but played at a pace that could be hard to sustain. The club scored three runs or less in four of their six games, going 2-2 in them. The pitching has been phenomenal, but the offense will want to start picking up in order to get more wins. Here are three things to watch for this week as the Yankees play four games in Baltimore then head home to play the Detroit Tigers over the weekend.
Capitalizing on Opportunity
The Yankees are playing against the Tigers and the Orioles this week. Both of these teams are currently last and tied for last in their division. This is a chance for the Yankees to climb in the standings. New York currently sits at 9-12, which has them tied with Baltimore for last in the division, but still only four games out of first place. This makes it possible for them, even through their record setting bad start, to lead the AL East by the end of the week.
Continued Pitching Success
It is clear that the Yankees are not giving their pitchers much run support. Even still, this pitching staff is keeping the team in these low-scoring games. New York has the fifth best team ERA at the moment at 3.20. However, They’re currently in 27th in runs scored with 3.60 runs per game. They will have a chance to boost that this week against the Orioles and the Tigers. Baltimore is currently in 15th in team ERA, and Detroit is down at 28th, so these should be two teams the Yankees can get the bats going against.
Gleyber Torres still hasn’t found a groove on offense this year. He has just two RBIs, two doubles and six runs scored through 19 games. However, a series against the Orioles can help him get on track. Torres has crazy numbers against Baltimore. In 2019, he set the single-season home run record for homers against the Orioles in one season with 13. He had five multi-home run games against the Orioles that season. With that in mind, Torres could have a lot of confidence going into the series, even with his slow start to the 2021 season.
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