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Can the Yankees Deliver on Their Potential in 2021?

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The New York Yankees experienced a tough start to the 2021 campaign, beginning the opening month of the season with a losing record. The poor run included a five-game losing streak, with three defeats on the bounce to the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.

However, the club started to turn their season around in May and are now threatening the top spot in the AL East. Although they will face stiff competition from the Rays and the Boston Red Sox, who have been a surprise package at the start of the campaign. Tampa Bay looked poised for another deep surge following their World Series defeat in 2020, boasting a talented roster and arguably the best manager in the game.

Although overcoming the Rays at the top of the AL East will be difficult, New York should at the least be optimistic about beating out the Red Sox for a Wildcard berth. The Yankees still have odds of +800 in the baseball betting markets to win the World Series this term, highlighting the confidence in their roster. Gerrit Cole has been operating at the peak of his powers, but the lack of depth in the Yankees’ starting rotation has been exposed. Corey Kluber was outstanding in pitching a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers, although he has not been perfect in his other starts. Domingo German has been up and down, while Jameson Taillon has struggled immensely in the 2021 campaign, losing four out of his first five starts.

The batting ranks have not been a great deal better. Aaron Judge has excelled with 13 home runs and an average of .297. However, he has been the only Yankee comfortable at the plate. Giancarlo Stanton has had his moments, crushing a Grand Slam against the Baltimore Orioles, but his overall performances are below the standard expected of the 31-year-old. DJ LeMahieu has been solid, although his efforts with the bat have declined since last term. Gleyber Torres has been impressive and there is a feeling there is more to come from the shortstop, and his average of .266.

Torres epitomizes the feeling about the Yankees in the early stages of the season. Their record is solid after their underwhelming start to the campaign, but there should be a lot more to come. They did prove a point in their series against the Rays at the start of June, bouncing back from a rough stretch after losing four games on the bounce. On June 1, they battled Tampa Bay in an 11-inning contest, but Clint Frazier came to the fore to dispatch a walk-off home run to secure a 5-3 victory. Another close contest followed on June 2, Aroldis Chapman was required to hold his composure at the mount to see out a 4-3 triumph for Aaron Boone’s men.

The result strengthened their position in the AL East, but there is still a long road ahead of the Yankees in their bid to claim their first World Series since 2009. The potential is there to at least conquer the American League, but they need to discover their peak form to make it a possibility.

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