Yankees facing critical decisions as August baseball begins

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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 26: Todd Frazier /

The Yankees have solidified their bullpen. They’ve also added a legitimate major league starting pitcher. But is that enough to push them over the top? Here are some crucial decisions coming up for the team.

For the Yankees and most of baseball, August looms ahead as the season reaches the Dog Days Of Summer. Players now have 100 or more games under their belt and the season begins to have no end in sight.

You don’t “feel quite right,” but you suck it up and play anyway. Your slider has lost a bit of its bite, but you hope your curve ball can suffice, at least until your best pitch returns. The kids are going back to school, or maybe for the first time to kindergarten, and you won’t be there to see them off.

Your world is wrapped up in baseball, and if you are a Yankee, also in a dogfight to win your division.

And you know that a month from now, all those kids will be called up creating a different and sometimes, annoying, view in the clubhouse as things get a bit more cramped, and your space there dwindles in proportion to your playing or pitching time.

But from the perspective of the organization, there is a team to run. And they will do whatever it takes to put the best opportunities on the playing field every day.

And so it will be with the Yankees front office as they seek to accommodate a season that was never supposed to be.