The Yankees have gotten off to a great start in the second half. They have won six of the first seven games on this ten game homestand. After finishing the first half with a losing record at home, the Bombers have started the second half hot at home. First the Yankees sweep the Cincinnati Reds out of the Bronx. Then they played one of the weirdest four game series in recent memory against the Texas Rangers. They made five errors in a sloppy loss in game 1, then needed 14 innings to win game 2, they won game three thanks to a sloppy grounds crew which forced the game to be cut short. Only yesterday matinée finale could be called normal, a 4-2 nine inning victory. But winning three out of four counts the same way in the standings, no matter how you pull it off.
Now is not the time for the Yankees to sit o their laurels. They need to ride this momentum and keep their foot in the accelerator and close out this homestead strong . Division rival Toronto is coming to town in a key matchup. The Yankees will need to win two of three in this series to continue their charge for a playoff stop. They have shaved a few games off the Orioles division lead, and are only three games back. In the wild card they are now tied with the Blue Jays for the second spot and a half game up on the Mariners. They can’t afford to yield the ground they have made up since the All Star break.
The Yankees have played the Blue Jays well this season, going 6-3 against them so far in 2014. They need to add to the win column this weekend. They cannot afford to waste the start of this homestand by playing poorly and losing this series. It will leave a bad taste in the Yankee’s mouths as they hit the road Monday and travel to Texas, especially if those loses coincide with Oriole and Mariner wins. The Blue Jays will just as highly motivated as the Yankees for this three game set. The Bombers will simply need to execute and continue to win ball games.