Do the Yankees have what it takes to contend in the postseason?

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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.

— Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are playing to their contracts and them (along with Brian McCann) have been the RBI producers for the Yankees.

— The team had a spark plug with Johnny Damon on their roster in 2009. In 2015, they have two spark plugs; Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury.

— 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.

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58 Responses to Do the Yankees have what it takes to contend in the postseason?

  1. Guest says:

    As currently constructed, I think the Yankees will win the AL East, unless somebodies' roster changes drastically, but won't be able to get past KC if they have to face them, and would lose to the NL team if they somehow made it to the WS.
    I wouldn't be surprised to see Toronto trade with the Phillies for both Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon, which would change the dynamics of the division, and then all bets will be off.
    Need to ask this question again on August 1st.

    • tom says:

      If B-Jays successfully acquired those pitchers then Yankees should simply make a trade for Daniel Murphy. He has hit well against those pitchers.

      • mick says:

        So, getting Daniel Murphy will keep those pitchers from winning games Murphy doesn't play in?

        • tom says:

          Are you suggesting that Murphy and Yankees can't beat teams that don't feature those pitchers in?

          • mick says:

            I'm suggesting that adding Murphy may make the Yankees better head to head against those particular pitchers, but will do nothing in games when he does not play against them. Give it some thought……..

    • YankeezFan says:

      Dont worry about the B-Jays getting either of those pitchers.. they dont have the depth to make that trade, as whatever bluechips they have, they dont want to part with. They could make a better signing by getting Frasor but thats a small upgrade. And why wouldnt the Yankees beat KC, they played them pretty good this year, i think both NY and KC have great bullpens, it will determine who has better starters, and i think NY has that. As for the WS, you give the NL too much credit, once you in a 7 game series its anybody's game, who ever gets hot will win it, and im talking from a player prospective.

  2. hotdog says:

    the 1973 Mets competed all the way to game 7 in the world series…different teams, different situations, no divisional series but quite often, a team with less than an impressive record, makes the playoffs and has a strong run…depends in part of who is healthy when you get to the post-season…certainly if Madison Bumgarner was injured, the Giants would have gone nowhere fast…guys step up in the post-season…where would we have been in 2009 without Arod and Pettitte even with the lineup, rotation and bullpen we had…so yes, they can compete and win it all but their odds are much better if our top guys stays healthy and if they made an important addition(s)…like "Guest" just said, we can better evaluate the situation on August 1st and hopefully October 1st…the Yankees have a tradition of winning in the post-season and that's no small thing for this years squad as tradition can also play an important role…look at the Red Sox who lost a game 7 in 4 consecutive world series appearances (1946, 1967, 1975 and 1986)…that is a tradition too…

    • mick says:

      Good post, hotdog. The Yanks will tinker before the break. It's just a matter of how much. Will they add a #1? I'm in hopes of a Cueto or Hamels, or even a Kazmir and Zobrist. But, until the die are cast…….And the loss of Alex Gordon will be huge for the Royals. He's likely the best LF in the game, certainly in any discussion of the best, and one of the leaders on that team. He may make it back, but he won't have much time to get in games at the MiLB level for rehab purposes, and that won't help his cause. The Royals have a decent back up in Dyson, who is a good glove and adds great speed. But, that leadership, that attitude, and that confidence is much more difficult to replace.

    • YankeezFan says:

      If the Yankees wait until August 1st, they wont be getting anything that will change to complexion of the team. They will probably be in the top 3 teams and any trades they try to get through waivers will be blocked by all the other teams underneath them. No, If your going to do anything it has to be done BEFORE Aug 1st.

  3. Ollie says:

    The Yanks are in first by 3.5 games. They don't have to make any moves however if they can acquire a arm for the rotation without giving up their "FARM," couldn't hurt!

  4. Otto says:

    You all are living in a dream world. The Yankees will not go far in the playoffs if they make it. They need a number 1 starter for sure. Tanaka arm is a just a matter of time. CC is done. I keep seeing Zorbist please give Refsynder a chance. Why trade for him when Refsynder could provide the hunger and energy the team needs. Then if they could unload Beltran to the Angels give Judge a shot. I like the youth movement. Just hope A-Rod and Tex do not have a bad second half and stay healthy.

    • mick says:

      I doubt Refsnyder would be part of a deal for Zobrist. Maybe he'd be in on a deal for Zobrist and Gray or Kazmir, but not just Zobrist. Zobrist has value on defense because of versatility. He can also play the OF, SS, and third base. Beltran's hitting .300 since the first of May, and Judge has been a Scranton for a week. He 'ain't ready.

      • hotdog says:

        Cashman and company have made some odd head scratching deals over the years…i doubt Refsnyder would be a straight up trade for Zobrist but he would be an upgrade…kind of depends on how Cashman really feels about Refs potential…i would not be surprised if Cashman traded Refsnyder for Zobrist though…i would think he might be able to get another ballplayer even a guy with some upside hanging around the low minors…i do not see the Yankees signing a #1 pitcher this season…more likely a #4 type pitcher to ensure their rotation…

        • mick says:

          That they have, hotdog. But, do you really think the Yanks need another #4 or 5? They already have CC, Nova, and Eovaldi to fill those roles. Tanaka and Pineda are really #2's or 3's in my estimation. You pick the pitcher for the position. Thing is, right now, neither is close to a #1. Kazmir would be better than anyone we have right now, imo. I'd send Nova and Williams over in a heartbeat, if Oakland would give up Kazmir and Zobrist. They'll end up losing both, and they know it. It'll eventually come down to need, and who offers the most for that need.

          • hotdog says:

            we don't need another back of the rotation starter but i don't see Cashman making a move for a strong starter…you know what's going to happen if we send Nova and Williams in trade to Oakland…they'll both become all-stars…everyone is hanging their hopes on Judge becoming a regular but Williams, although injury prone, got his game together…Nova has struggled in games since coming back from TJ surgery but i'm not ready to lose him for a rental…i would not doubt if Cashman tries to find this years Brandon McCarthy and not give away anyone of significance…McCarthy cost us Vidal Nuno last year…not a biggie…

          • mick says:

            Williams is not a "biggie", either. And, Nova is still a to pitch starter with little control. The Yankees are good enough to win the titles the next two seasons, with a #1 pitcher, before Tex, Arod, and McCann are ready to hang 'em up. The kids should be ready by then. Why wait to win titles?

  5. Balt Yank says:

    Why is everyone so hot on Zobrist. Like Beltran, Zobrist had a good 2013. See where that gets ya! Right now he hits 260 w/ five homers at All Star Break. Ref needs 30 games minimum. Let's see.

    • hotdog says:

      Zobrist is a good guy to have on the roster…very versatile and can handle the bat…i agree with you about giving Ref at least 30 games…

  6. mick says:

    I seriously doubt the Yanks will give up great talent or prized prospects for Hamels, Cueto, Samardzija, Kazmir, Zobrist, etc…….it likely would be guys like Mason Williams, fringe players with upside. They'll merely add the contracts that they can afford, easily. Hamels may be a favorite for that reason. The Yanks will be more likely than most to add payroll. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out. I doubt we'll see Judge, Bird, Sanchez, or Severino included in any trade. I think the Yanks might try to toss Nova into a deal, if possible.

  7. Balt Yank says:

    Nova, Sanchez, plus 1 is an interesting core for a trade but maybe for the off season. What about Nova, Sanchez, Beltran, and Mason Williams for Hamels, with Beltran flipped to the Angels for another prospect for the Hamels package?

  8. mick says:

    Personally, I wouldn't include Sanchez in a trade. I still like the kid. I think he could succeed McCann, actually. Not sure I would even entertain trading Beltran. It certainly would take a huge concession on payroll to include Beltran. Thing is, Philly nor the Reds are looking for veterans. I don't think Judge is ready to play RF yet, and that makes it hard to replace the stick. The Yankees are looking for a super-sub in the mold of Zobrist, or Prado. Prado is injured, so…….Until I see a replacement who is Stadium ready, I'm not trading a .300 hitter. I'd rather hold on to all of the upper level prospects, and purchase Hamels. I'd toss out Nova's name first. I might be inclined to include Severino for the right package, too. Personally, I'll take a proven veteran, such as Hamels or Cueto over a prospect everyday. Severino might be special, but Hamels has a favorable contract, and is already special. That's just the way I see it, Baltic. If the Yanks bite off most of the contract, or all, Phils shouldn't expect much.

  9. Balt Yank says:

    I think Beltran will have a strong second half. I think he should be traded this offseason. Personally, I'd keep Sanchez too. See how he does at Triple A at age 23 next year. I definitely would not trade Severino. Severino's probably ready now (Triple A ERA well under 2.00), more ready than Evoaldi, and will be more ready next year. I'd take Severino without obligation over Hamels at 80 million. But hey, I like homegrown Yankees!

    • hotdog says:

      Severino is probably ready now…he is torching it at AAA but he's on a pitch limit i'd guess and although he'd gotten into the 8th inning 3 times over the past 7 or 8 starts, the Yankees are taking it cautiously with this guy who has made some big jumps over the past season 1/2…he could be their ace but not for a while…maybe he gets a spot start but the rotation would have to be hurt for Severino to be called up…we'll see a little of him possibly in September…

      • mick says:

        hotdog…….he had nine starts at AAA. He's not lost, 5-0 with a 1.79 and 15 walks against 36K's. But, he's only pitched 501/3 innings. You do the math. He's a five inning pitcher at this point, and that's the last thing the Yanks need. This kid needs to learn to control his pitches so he can get deeper, much deeper, into games. The Yankees have too many pitchers in this mold, and it's gonna wear our bullpen slick. Severino is a great prospect, but he's not ready, and he's a long way from "torching" anything. I hope the Yanks continue as they have, cautiously. I like the kid either way, as a future starter, or as trade bait. But, one in the hand, two in the bush…….

        • hotdog says:

          Severino has decent control…his walk ratio is fairly good for a young pitcher…he's 5-0 but more importantly, he's given up only 33 hits in 50 innings and has only walked 15…an era of 1.79 and a whip of 0.95…i'll stick with my sentiments, he's torching it at AAA…like I said, he could do the job right now but I don't think it's time for him to come up…the innings count is very important and his ability to work on his game before heading north is best served at AAA imo…he's doing great at AAA and picked up his game at AA before the promotion…they will continue to stretch him out mindful of keeping track of his innings limit…

          • YankeezFan says:

            So how many pitcher do we see in AAA with a 1.79 era in their first year also, most the guys hes facing have way more experience than him, and he's torching them……. i think Severino could be the real deal, we wont know until he comes up, but i assume that will only be a matter of time, probably around Sept.

          • mick says:

            How many successful MLB pitchers do you see who fail to get a decision half of their starts, who use up their pitch allocations in four innings? You don't. Those are called minor leaguers. The kid is really good, but only sometime. That's why he's in Scranton. Lot's of promise in that right arm, but he's done nothing to prove anymore than promise. September is when prospects are called up. But, I'd be surprised to see him in a situation of playing in a "must win" game. I hope he's the second coming of Cy Young or Koufax, but right now, he's just a minor league pitcher with promise.

          • hotdog says:

            right now Severino is the 6th best pitching prospect in baseball…if he was "really good but only sometimes", he'd be ranked considerably lower…those types of pitchers are nowhere near the top…

          • mick says:

            Well, I guess I'll just have to stick to my sentiments…….just curious, though…….why do you suppose they are called "prospects", instead of future #1 MLB starting pitchers?

          • hotdog says:

            because that would be ridiculous…

          • mick says:

            ok, hotdog…….you've convinced me. He's the next Cy Young, and the he should be in the Show, now. He's overdue for his arrival, and the Yankees haven't the first clue what they are doing. You win. My goodness. He's not a prospect, at all. He's the epitome of pitchers, and should be the benchmark of what all pitchers are judged by. Thanks for the input.

          • YankeezFan says:

            Yes, but #1 MLB starting pitchers were very high prospects, and EVERY major league player was a PROSPECT at some time in his career. Severino is a highly sought after prospect from not just the Yankees, but other teams, which is why his name comes up in trade talks, and it's not like Severino is throwing 110 pitches to get to 5 inning, like Evoldi is, he's only throwing 80 . More in line with a pitchers normal 12-15 pitch inning. So the Yankees are developing slowly his innings limit slowly.

          • mick says:

            Yankees Fan…….but he is. Just in AAA, 55 innings, ten starts. I have yet to find anything that says he is averaging 85 pitches per outing. If you have that info, please, cite the source.

  10. mick says:

    Not necessarily a matter of what I like, other than a proven winner. The Yankees don't need another five inning guy, and no matter what his ERA is, Severino needs 100+ pitches to get through nine innings. It's a deal I'd do. Severino could be as good as he's gonna get. Hamels is a proven commodity. I can't find a lot of good things to say about Eovaldi's pitches, but, you gotta look at wins and losses, and he leads our staff…….The Yanks need another Aaron Small. Just give a ten wins down the stretch, don't lose any. That guy was my hero for a long time. Damn, what a stretch he had. I waffle on young pitching all the time. You just never know. I can remember when the Yankees were going to have three # 1's with last names beginning with the letter 'B' and all throwing 100 mph +. How'd that work out?

    • hotdog says:

      Betances is a superstar reliever and have you seen what Manny Banuelos has done this year…Brackman never made it but the other B's look good…everyone knew not all the B's would make it as hopeful as we all were…the Yankees will look for another Aaron Small or a Brandon McCarthy and that's why I do not see the Yankees going out and trading for an ace…they have also appeared hesitant to take on much salary this year…

      • mick says:

        hotdog…….I have seen what Manny's done. He's recovered from surgery, and is doing well at AAA, again. That's not really making it, especially when you consider he's no longer in the Yankee organization. I'm happy the kid's improving, but it mean little.

        Think whatever you would like as far as your sentiments, but the problem with Severino remains that he's reach his pitch count (100+ pitches) in the four+ innings. The Yankees don't need that. He's not ready. Period. The kid throws thirty pitches per inning. He doesn't give up a lot of BB's, he doesn't give up a lot of hits. He just throws the ball around like Nuke LaLoosh. Yeah, he's got promise, but he doesn't have any control. I haven't looked it up, but if memory serves, he's reached seven innings twice this season. As well, in his seventeen starts, he's been involved in only nine decisions. That's because he can't manage a game due to his pitch count. Seeya in 2017.

        • YankeezFan says:

          I think you missed Manny Bs two starts for Atlanta, one of which was against the Nationals, and both starts gave up 1 run and pitched into the 6th in both games. The only run he gave up was a 1st inning HR to Lucroy of the Brewers. I think the Yankees may have missed a little on that trade, but Shreve hasnt been too bad as a reliever. But Manny's had a good start in Atlanta, dont know how much longer it will last, he's not overpowering but he moves the ball in and out and has some good secondary pitches. Something that has Eluded Evoldi… Cant be a starting pitcher with only 1 pitch.

          • mick says:

            No, what I'm saying is the Yanks have Chasen Shreve, traded for Banuelos, who no longer matters. Manny really hasn't done anything, yet. Just like Severino. As well, few can be successful MLB pitchers with two pitches. Nova fits that mold, and when he doesn't have one, it makes him very hittable.

          • YankeezFan says:

            Well obviously you havnt seen Manny B pitch this year. He's NOT a 2 pitch pitcher, he has 4 pitches, and throws about a 88-90 fastball. And is no where near the pitcher Nova is, who by the way throws 3 pitches, a 2 seamer, 4 seamer and a curve/slider. If Manny B threw 2 pitches he wouldnt last too long in any game.

        • hotdog says:

          Severino hasn't given up more than 2 runs in a start in over two months…in the month of June, Severino had 3 starts where he pitched 7 innings, one of them going into the 8th…his command is pretty good, if it wasn't he wouldn't have a whip of 1.02 for the year…his pitch count/game is generally somewhere between 80-90…when he gets into the 7th inning or recently the 8th, his pitch count gets higher as one would expect but still under 100 which is where they want him to be for now…most of the games where he went 5 innings he was taken out with a pitch count nowhere near 100…i don't believe they should bring him up because 9 starts is just the beginning…i would like to see him finish off the year in 2015 at AAA and possibly start off there in 2016…if he pitches well, I hope he's called up by mid-spring…2017 is a little pessimistic for his arrival with this level of talent…let's hope for better…

      • YankeezFan says:

        I would like the Yankees to get a starter for reasonable prospects, i dont want them to sell the farm for a rental player. Its not like they desperately need a starter. We have 6 on the roster, if you include Warren as one. Hamels will be a tough get, as the Phils are asking for at least 3 top tier prospects. Maybe if they ask for enough prospects, some wont miss. Maybe something like Sanchez, Williams and Bird could get it done, but i think they want a pitcher, and other than Severino there really isnt anyone else in the minors that would make a big splash. I just dont see it without giving up either Judge or Severino, and i doubt the Yankees will part with them, but hey they traded Montero when i didnt think they would for an injured allstar starting pitcher. Just took almost 2 years for them to get some reward from that trade.

  11. Balt Yank says:

    Severino is the best pitching prospect the Yankees have had in years, period. We gotta see what he can do next year. I don't think a "proven winner" is the yardstick ever. First of all, it lacks reality, such as numerous "proven winners" that Yanks have made big money for over the years to little effect, especially from Japan. Who was that $50 million dollar lefty? The Yankees need to throw talent on the field and see what happens. Killer B is now a top MLB reliever. Mason Williams looks like he's on fire; too bad he's hurt; hope he keeps it lit. You never know. Trading for 32 year old semi has-beens is a sure ticket to mediocrity (Headley / Zobrist / who cares). Hamels is a good trade only if we have all the other pieces, which we don't.

    • mick says:

      Don't have the pieces? The best relief corps in the game. A solid hitting lineup with lots of power, top to bottom. The Yankees are 3.5 games ahead in the East. That's pretty good. Add a solid #1 in a Hamels or Cueto, or maybe even a Kazmir, the Yanks are suddenly a really good team. Where is Mason Williams gonna play with Ellsbury and Gardner manning CF and LF? He's solidly blocked. I don't know who you are referring to as a "32 year old has been", but it's not anyone I've seen mentioned on this thread. Headley will be fine, and Zobrist would be another piece like Martin Prado. Plus, if he doesn't produce, he's only a rental……..if he does produce, it's great for all involved.

      • Balt Yank says:

        Mick,

        With all due respect, the Yankees don't have playoff caliber starting pitchers right now. We have 5-inning pitchers. Who knows, Tanaka and Pineda can get super hot. Tanaka, I believe, knows how to pitch on the mental side and that's a huge plus.

        • hotdog says:

          i would have much rather seen the Yankees trade for a quality arm for the bullpen and kept Warren in the rotation…he was our most consistent starter…if we really want a playoff run, CC should not go every 5 games…the offense isn't going to bail him out of many games…

          • mick says:

            The Yanks need a #1, a guy who can go deep into games. For the reason you and I have repeated for weeks, Balt. The Yanks are not bad in the middle rotation guys. But, there is no more room for five inning starters. Tanaka and Pineda must get better. CC has to improve. Precisely why the Yanks need a #1. And, Zobrist is a great piece to add in a pennant race. His versatility replaces a corner OF, and all IF positions.

          • mick says:

            apologies…….I said Severino "needs 100+ pitches to get thru nine innings"…….I meant to say four innings. He just throw too many pitches. Sorry.

  12. mick says:

    You are in first place, now. The glaring need is a #1. If you can make that deal, the Yanks could win it all. It's that simple. You don't win today by standing pat. The one thing the Yanks do need is starting pitching. Adding a guy like Severino is more of the same.

  13. mick says:

    In his last 10 starts, Severino has failed to make it thru 5.1 innings, seven times. He's not reached eight innings in that span, ending 07/12/2015. He's totaled 55.1 innings combined, in those 10 starts.

    • hotdog says:

      and that's why he shouldn't be called up…obviously the Yankees are preparing him for the big leagues, likely in 2016 but still have some work to do…but he hasn't failed at anything…they are limiting some combination of pitches and/or innings he throws in a game…in his last start, Severino went 5.1 innings giving up 1 hit and 0 runs…he was pulled with a pitch count of 64 for some reason, usually he throws around 85…how many starters in the minors go 8 innings anyhow…the Yankees will also let him go longer as evidenced by the 3 starts he made in June where he pitched 7 strong innings, one of them into the 8th…they are apparently handling Severino quite well and he keeps moving forward…he can do it, he's not imploding with his pitch count, the team is just keeping a watchful eye on him…he's a long ways off from winning a Cy Young but he should get his chance to make the rotation at some point in 2016…who knows, maybe he'll have a 2nd half slide mick and your prediction of his 2017 eta could come true…

  14. mick says:

    Dammit, which is it? I've said all along that he's not ready, you insisted he was. I believe the quote was "Severino is probably ready now…he's torching it at AAA"…….now, I agree he got some great stats, but he also has a major weakness, and that's pitch count. He's using his pitch count before he gets through five innings, just as I've said, all along. He doesn't need to slide to either satisfy me. I'd like to see the kid make it big. You said he's probably ready now, he's clearly not. Otherwise, were he truly "torching" AAA, he'd be a Yankee, now. Stick to your sentiments, I'll stick to mine.

    • hotdog says:

      mick, you're picking and choosing from parts of my sentences…my contention which I've made repeatedly is that he is probably ready, he could likely pitch in the majors and be successful this season but it would not be wise to bring him up…probably is not good enough from where I stand and with a quality arm like Severino's it is best to be sure…he is torching it at AAA, doesn't mean he's going to be a Yankee this year…another organization might have brought him up but imo although he is probably ready, it's too soon…i don't like a kid with only 9 starts under his belt at AAA, moving too quickly to the big leagues…he's able to work on his secondary offerings, experiment and limit his innings at AAA…at the major league level, they'll expect more…so sure, he could come up and start and he can go deep but that could pre-empt further advancements that I believe he could only get at AAA…does that clear things up because we're saying the same thing although getting there from a very different point of view…

      • mick says:

        just cite a source for the 85 pitch average. I can't find it. btw…….I've said all day that he's not ready.

        • hotdog says:

          why would you need a source…if you don't believe what I'm saying, go check it out for yourself…go ask Greg Corcoran, he's usually up on these things…i'm sure you can google Luis Severino and get his stats…it should not be so difficult…

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