The Yankees started last week winning two out of three against the Royals, then ended it getting swept by the Red Sox. The Yankees will return home for seven games this week. Here are three things to look for as the Yankees take on the Angels and the Mets this week.
A Much Needed Turnaround
After getting swept by Boston, the Yankees find themselves further back in the AL East race at seven games. They’re also just three games behind .500 and would not make the playoffs had they started today. They scored just seven runs in their series against Boston, which brings back similar numbers to this teams very slow offensive start to the season. One guy who’s been hitting well lately is DJ LeMahieu. He had seven hits in the series against the Red Sox, including a 4-for-5 night on Saturday. He also had the teams’ two RBIs that night. If multiple guys get hot at the same time, the Yankees offense should start producing a lot better.
Back at Home
The Yankees got swept by the Red Sox as mentioned, and it was on the road. They will return home this week for seven games. If they start the week with some wins against the Angels, it could be a way for this team to get hot heading towards the All-Star break. Although it’s close, the Yankees still have a better record at home than on the road. They are 19-19 when away, and 21-18 in the Bronx. If things go the way they want, that home record should improve this week.
The Yankees will be the host of the first Subway Series of 2021. The other one will be in September with the Mets hosting. The Mets have some of the best pitching in the league, and that does not provide the struggling Yankees offense with a good matchup. Jacob deGrom is putting together a historical season with a sub 1.00 ERA thus far. If the Yankees get a chance to face him this week, it’ll be really interesting to see if they can scrap together some solid at-bats against him.
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