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The New York Yankees look to pick themselves back up after blowing a very winnable series over the past weekend to the Cleveland Indians. The Bombers hit a whopping .208 for the series, and their team batting average was only that high because of a 10-run outburst during the series opener Friday night. The bats were once again silenced–a theme throughout the entire season, and now they get to travel to first place Baltimore for a three-game set that could accomplish one of two things.
The first, is if the Yankees can sweep or win two out of three, they keep themselves in the thick of both the divisional race as well as the chase for one of the two wild card spots. The second, is if the Bombers allow the Orioles to have their way with them, just as they have for most of the season, and the bats continue to fail to hit, and a sweep occurs, the Yankees could conceivably be all but eliminated from playoff contention for the second year in a row, by the second week of August. Not quite the way that Captain Derek Jeter and the boys had envisioned his final season in pinstripes. This team has been plagued by injuries and dead bats for the duration, and it’ll take a championship effort to stave off another series loss to the best team in the American League East.