For those who don’t realize this: the Yankees would have lost on Thursday night and on Friday night if it weren’t for two veteran sluggers.
In the first of four between the Rays, Brian McCann slugged an estimated 413-foot blast into the suite level above the second deck in right in the second inning and hit another in his next at-bat in the fourth.
His second homer gave the Yankees the lead and he even added a single in the sixth inning for his third three-hit game since Aug. 27. Over his last three games, the 32-year old has hit three home runs and had just two in his previous 38 games.
It’s not just McCann, though.
In last night’s 7-5 win, Mark Teixeira delivered career grand slam number 11 in the fourth inning succeeded by a curtain call as the stadium was chanting his name.
If these veteran hitters could get hot at the right time, the Yankees lineup would be even more dynamic than it is at this very moment.
Beyond that, what McCann, Teixeira, and even CC Sabathia can provide the kids with precious veteran experience. After all, these guys have been there, done that.
They can help them not press throughout this stressful stretch, teach them what’s the right way to operate during a hunt like this (and how to win a World Series), and even help deliver them to the postseason.
There are other aspects that make this team so incredible, too. Starlin Castro and Chase Headley’s incredible second half, their feisty utility man Ronald Torreyes, and their somehow component rotation that ranks third in the AL with a 3.73 ERA this month.
Will this team win the World Series? That is highly unlikely. However, so was getting to this moment following a 2% chance to reach the playoffs at the deadline, according to MLB.com.
However, there are reasons why this happened. Reasons why this team cannot be ignored. If this hot streak continues, who says they can’t further their season? After all, there have been plenty of mediocre teams use a spark to carry them to the commissioner’s trophy before.
This team is not mediocre. In fact, this team is the best team in the AL since August 3. Give them a slot in this year’s playoffs, they might just get you.
But to the experts who still say this Yankees’ team is destined for another postseason-less year, Gary Sanchez has a message for you:
"Experts" say we @Yankees have no chance to make the playoffs…well we may just be young and naive enough to disagree. #NotGivingUp
— Gary Sanchez (@ElGarySanchez) August 20, 2016