Yesterday, the American League defeated the National League for the second straight year, earning the American League home field advantage during the World Series. After the game, Brett Gardner spoke to the media and seemed pleased the American League won the All-Star game, especially since one of the teams in the American League clubhouse could benefit from the victory.
“We obviously have got a lot of baseball left to play, but hopefully we’ll continue to play well, make the playoffs and can benefit from that home-field advantage,” Gardner said after the AL defeated the NL 6-2 at Great American Ballpark. “Somebody obviously in this room is going to.”
Gardner, Dellin Betances and Mark Teixeira hope the team that benefits from the All-Star Game is the New York Yankees. The last time Teixeira was on an All-Star team, it was back in 2009 and that season resulted in the Yankees winning their 27th World Series title. Teixeira hopes him making the team this year and the American League winning is a sign of history repeating itself.
“I was on the All-Star team in ’09 when we won, and I expected us to be in the World Series in ’09,” Teixeira said. “We needed that win. I’m hoping to be there this year.”
And while the three Yankees representatives were optimistic, it leaves many to question–could the Yankees actually contend for a World Series this year? It’s entirely possible, especially since the Yankees have some of the key factors they had in 2009 during the 2015 season.
— The Yankees had the pitching and the bullpen to compete in 2009. In 2015, the Yankees rotation and bullpen also has the same potential…they just have to straighten CC Sabathia out.
— And for bonus: there was a Red Sox turned Yankee on the 2009 team. In 2015, there’s actually two: Ellsbury and Stephen Drew.
The Yankees ended the first half of the season in first place, and they’ll pick up where they left off on Friday. And while the team has been incredibly streaky, it’s safe to say the rest of the American League East has been just as streaky. But the Yankees have done a great job at plugging the holes and if they continue producing and winning ball games, they could be a legitimate contender in the postseason.