As the Yankees get set for a weekend with the Boston Red Sox it bears the question of how Aaron Boone will help navigate his players for a shortened season. We have witnessed an emphasized need to get the offense, defense and pitching on the same page.
Where in any normal season, slumps can be buried in an early season without much of a sense of panic. With only 60 games in the schedule every game feels more crucial. Even with the extended playoffs introduced for 2020 it does not take away any of the pressures of winning the World Series for the Yankees.
While fans have enjoyed the fast start from players like Giancarlo Stanton along with Gerritt Cole proving he's the ace they have longed for, it has not overshadowed the sluggish offense from Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner. Even the Yankees pitching rotation have not been immune to the heaviest critics, the fans. James Paxton and J.A. Happ did not ease the minds of fans with their first outings of the year. Masahiro Tanaka has yet to take the mound after taking a ball off his head off the bat of Stanton but it's expected that he will be ready to go when his number is called.
Jordan Montgomery is set to take the mound as he attempt to make himself a staple in the rotation while coming back from Tommy John surgery. A bright spot in the pitching staff is the availability of having Zach Britton to close games while Aroldis Chapman recovers from symptoms of Covid-19.
Getting back to the offense, it was mentioned how Stanton has been able to jump to a hot start and Aaron Judge is proving he's "the guy". Along with Sanchez and Gardner, Gio Urshela has also stumbled out of the gate with the bat which makes us wonder if last year was an anomaly. The pressure ison Urshela now that Miguel Andujar has returned and ready to prove his worth.
Luke Voit and Mike Ford have left fans with little worry since they seem to be working unselfishly sharing the responsibilities in the lineup and playing 1B. Torres is the Yankees' young star who continues to raise the ceiling on his abilities in every aspect of the game and DJ LeMahieu has become that special player that helps every fan sleep better that he's on the Yankees.
The Yankees have an abundance of talent and are primed to take any opponent they face to task. Once Aaron Boone has the talents of Sanchez, Paxton, Andujar and down the line, Clint Frazier clicking on all cylinders this roster is unstoppable.
With the Yankees putting behind them a decade of not playing a World Series, they are set up better now since the days of the core four to dominate this game and strike fear of any team that they meet on a schedule.