Is there a New York Yankees playoff run in the cards for 2017? Had you asked someone that question on June 12, when the club was 38-23, it would’ve been a no-brainer. However, after 18 losses in 25 games, the Yankees lost their hold on first place and looked incapable of winning a ballgame without the heroics of Aaron Judge.
Certainly, injuries to key players hurt the team during that ugly stretch. Yet critics of manager Joe Girardi would say poor bullpen management contributed as well. Meanwhile, everyone can agree that New York’s star relievers struggled mightily during the month of losses. In general, a team that was hot across the board went ice cold by mid-June (except for Judge, of course).
Even though no one picked the Yankees to be a contender this season, the club has every incentive to make a run with its young position players and starters performing at high levels. Indeed, there are ways to confront the challenges in each area of the roster — and do so without major investments in talent or cash. Here are six ways the Yankees can recover and return to the playoffs in 2017.