It was only two weeks ago that the Yankees kicked off a four-game series in Kansas City. Today they’re back in Middle America, taking a day off before opening a three-game set in Chicago.
This is the Yankees first off day since August 5, a streak of 20 straight games. They won 11 of them. In that time, they dropped from a half-game lead in the American League East to a tie with the Rays. They sent Alex Rodriguez and Lance Berkman to the disabled list, and watched Andy Pettitte suffer a setback.
The Yankees also saw immediate results from Curtis Granderson’s altered mechanics. Their bullpen become the most reliable part of the roster, Ivan Nova made an encouraging first major league start and CC Sabathia won four straight.
This would be a good time for the Yankees to start winning consistently again. In the past 20 days, the White Sox have gone 6-12. They’ve fallen 3.5 games behind the Twins in the AL Central. After this, the Yankees next three series are against non-contenders.
The last three weeks of the schedule are brutal, but right now is a chance to build some momentum.