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New York Yankees First Half Report Card


Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman have been as good as advertised. The monstrous trio has kept the Yanks in some games they had no business being in, and helped them steal wins as well.

However, the middle relief has often taken away from the hype at the back-end. Every arm the Yankees have called upon or tapped from the so-called ‘Scranton Shuttle’ has not panned out.

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The ultimate result is a bullpen that ranks 13th in baseball with a disappointing 3.84 ERA. Thanks to the big three, they do lead in strikeouts (320) but they have to hope the middle relief woes will not overshadow what should be a dynamic overall ‘pen.

If the Yanks put together a good stretch of baseball out of the gates in the second half and become buyers, a decent sixth-inning man is what they will be in desperate search of.

Grade: B

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