Blue Jays AL East Recap: Jays fall out of contention

TORONTO, ON - JULY 2: Glenn Sparkman
TORONTO, ON - JULY 2: Glenn Sparkman /
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HOUSTON, TX – JULY 02: Brett Gardner
HOUSTON, TX – JULY 02: Brett Gardner /

Yankees Losing Ground

The Yankees are looking up for the first time in a while. After struggling all June, the Yankees have finally given up the lead to the Red Sox. They now sit 3 games behind for First but hold on to the on to the top Wild Card Spot. They’ll get the chance to rebound against the Blue Jays and the Brewers this week. The Yankees struggles can be attributed to multiple things. Injuries to Aaron Hicks, Matt Holliday, and Starlin Castro. Their rotation has been mighty inconsistent as well, putting extra strain on the relief corps frequently. These strains and injuries have derailed the once mighty team. While they still have a tremendous ability to hit, their young bats are not doing it at the capacity they used too.

It is not all doom and gloom for New York. Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Dellin Betances were all named to the All-Star Team, with Gary Sanchez in the reserve. Both Judge and Sanchez will also compete in the Home Run Derby. The Yankees are still capable of leading the division but will need their core roster to return and to produce the way they were early this season. Expect the Yankees to look for help in the rotation come deadline.

Final Takeaway:

The Yankees are down, but not out. They are and will remain in playoff contention until October rolls around.