How can the New York Yankees get the 1 seed in the AL? The Yankees have struggled to start off the season and are now the 7th seed in the AL through 54 games.
Although there are still 108 games remaining, fans are starting to question if their Yankees can lock up a high seed in the playoffs.
It is a slight surprise that the Yankees hitting is struggling with all their talent.
Some notable players that have underperformed at the plate so far this season are Clint Frazier, who holds a .182 avg through 44 games. And before Aaron Hicks injury, he wasn’t performing well either with a .194 avg in 32 games.
In 6 of their last 7 games, they have failed to score 2 or more runs. They now have 6 straight home games against division rivals to try and turn this around.
Some star players on the Yankees have suffered injuries this season.
First off, on February 23rd Pitcher Luis Severino was announced that he will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for most of, if not all, of the 2021 season.
Then, on May 27th, pitcher Corey Kluber was diagnosed with a shoulder injury that will sideline him until roughly July 27th.
Pitcher Zack Britton was also diagnosed with an elbow injury that will keep him out until roughly June 8th.
Pitcher Justin Wilson has a hamstring injury that will keep him out until roughly June 8th.
1st baseman Luke Voit has an oblique injury that will keep him out until roughly June 22nd.
And now, Aaron Hicks is out with a wrist injury that will take him out of the lineup for the remainder of the 2021 season.
Yankees Recent History
Last season, the Yankees finished as the 5 seed in the AL. They lost in the ALDS to Tampa in 5 games.
In 2019, the Yankees were the 2 seed in the playoffs. They finished with a solid 103 wins. Once again, they fell short. This time, in the ALCS to Houston in 7.
In 2018, the Yankees made the playoffs as a 4 seed after winning the wild card. They went on to lose the ALDS in 4 games to the Red Sox.
And in 2017, the Yankees made the playoffs as a 4 seed after winning the wild card but lost in the ALCS to Houston.
Now, these seasons can be a telling sign of things to come. The Yankees usually get hot towards the end of the season and make the playoffs. In these years, the Yankees also battled injuries and slumps, like any other big-league squad. At the end of the season, though, they got their game tightened up and made a push for higher seeding in the playoffs.
So Yankees fans, I wouldn’t think about possibly missing out on the playoffs. If recent history shows us anything it’s this: the Yankees tend to not start off too hot and struggle with injuries and slumps, but they usually end up picking their play up at the end of the season. So as long as they stay away from long-term injuries, the Yankees should be able to lock up a high seed.