The New York Yankees came back from the All-Star break by taking two out of three from the Boston Red Sox. They outscored the Red Sox 12-2 in their two wins during the series. The Yankees will get Monday off before hosting the Philadelphia Phillies for two games and then heading to Boston for a four-game set. Here are three things to watch for in Yankees baseball this week.
A Momentum Shift
The Yankees clearly did not exceed expectations in the first half of the season. With the first half now in the past, the Yankees are still in a spot to make a playoff push. A 2-1 start over the division leading Red Sox can help kick start a winning streak for New York. Some players like Jameson Taillon and Rougned Odor didn’t start their Yankee careers too well, but have recently been providing some solid games for the club. Getting more players involved can help this team down the stretch.
More Yankees vs. Red Sox
The Yankees are now seven games behind the Red Sox and just a half game behind the third place Blue Jays. The Red Sox and Blue Jays are set to face off prior to the four-game set between New York and Boston later this week. The Yankees will be heading to Boston with a chance to decrease the gap between them, and even pass the Blue Jays in the American League East depending on how both New York and Toronto perform.
Gleyber Torres reached based multiple times and homered on both Saturday and Sunday. The home runs were just numbers four and five on the year. That is the first time Torres has homered in back-to-back games since August of 2019. Although a lot of his numbers are way down this season, he may be heating up at the right time.
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