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Can the Yankees catch any more bad breaks?

The New York Yankees lost yet another player to injury on Monday as closer Aroldis Chapman landed on the Disabled List with a knee injury.  This is just another example of the string of bad luck the Yankees have had over the past few weeks.  It’s remarkable that they’re still playing relatively well despite having all these injuries.  In the past month the Yankees have lost;

  •  C.C. Sabathia
  • Aaron Judge
  • Gary Sanchez
  • Didi Gregorius
  • Aroldis Chapman

Greg Bird has been inefficient all year, Gleyber Torres is just starting to get back into the swing of things (no pun intended) after a prolonged slump, and the Yankees have more or less relied on the bats of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks.  A good team is made up on both superstar and quality depth players, and that may just be what has kept the Yankees afloat these past few weeks.  Without the rookie sensation Miguel Andujar or the productive bat of Austin Romine, where would this team be?

As the Yankees focus on the upcoming month of baseball, they have one thing that may just help them keep the Wild Card game in New York;  They have the third easiest schedule in the MLB.  Their remaining schedule is very weak and although they’ve played (and lost to) their inferior division rivals, their next two series are very winnable against the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox.

If the Yankees are going to make a run at the division, they better start mashing the ball because the injury bug has hit and it’s not going away anytime soon.  Hopefully, maybe Aaron Boone can one day manage a good bullpen but until then the Yankees will have to rely heavily on Stanton and Hicks until the big names get back.  If not, they may find themselves playing a Wild Card game in Oakland or even worse, Houston.

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