Jekyll & Hyde
Sep 29, 2020 | 9207 views | 0 0 comments | 1047 1047 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Now that the 60-game Major League Baseball sprint of a season has come to a close, one would think that you would have some handle on what kind of team the New York Yankees are as they enter the postseason.

Yet, here we are and I don't have the slightest idea exactly what team we will see on the field against the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees have had a very strange up-and-down season.

They've put together stretches of baseball where they looked like one of baseball's best teams. They started the season 16-6 and put together a ten-game winning streak.

However, the Yankees also had some extended stretches of terrible and subpar play. At one point they lost 15 out of 20 games, and closed the regular season losing four of their last five.

Throughout this regular season, the Yankees never gave you the good vibes you had all last season. And that’s because they simply weren't as good.

What does that mean as the regular season comes to a close? On the surface, it could mean absolutely nothing.

The postseason format has your fate come down to winning two out of three games right out of the gate.

The Yankees have two of the best possible candidates to pitch games one and two.

Big-ticket free agent prize Gerrit Cole and big-game October performer Masahiro Tanaka are two pitchers that Aaron Boone should feel very comfortable taking he mound.

However, the Indians will be able to counter the Yankees with soon-to-be Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber, Carlos Carrasco and Zach Plesac, which will be a very formidable trio to deal with.

The Yankees have been a very spotty offensive team all year, and haven’t looked good defensively.

Both elements must become more consistent if this team wants to represent the American League in the World Series.

It's pretty obvious that the Yankees will also need the star power to come through in a big way.

All year, Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu carried the Bombers, but they need a little help from their friends.

It would be nice to see last year's version of Gleyber Torres show up, plus some big swings off the bats of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

On the mound, in so many ways it starts and ends with Gerrit Cole. The Yankees paid him a fortune, and while he had a very good regular season, he was paid the big money to go out and dominate in the month of October.

Can he do that, and can this Jekyll-and-Hyde Yankees team solve their season long riddle of trying to find consistency?

If the answer is yes, you'll be looking at a deep playoff run. If the answer is no, the season could be over as soon as Thursday.

Let the games begin!

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