The New York Yankees offense is alive well again after experiencing a three-week power outage.
On Tuesday, the Yankees extended their winning streak to six games after thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 20-6 at Yankee Stadium.
The 20-run output nearly doubled New York’s prior season best — 11 runs against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 15 — and as many keen observers have noted, it’s also higher than the New York Jets and New York Giants outputs during Week 1 of the NFL season.
We’re not sure if that’s more encouraging for the Yankees or discouraging for New York’s football squads. The Jets fell 27-17 to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon. The Giants were soundly defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-16, on Monday Night Football.
Worth noting, the New York Mets also accomplished this feat when they scored 18 runs against the same Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in Buffalo. Perhaps the biggest takeaway here then is that Toronto’s pitching staff is having the worst week ever.
Yankees’ fast turnaround
It was at this time last week when we started pondering the Yankees postseason odds. They had just fallen back to .500 (21-21) after beginning the season 16-6. A once seemingly secure postseason was slowly slipping through their fingers as rebuilding teams like the Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers gained ground in the standings.
In fact, Toronto briefly held a three-game lead over New York for second place in the AL East.
Since then, the Yankees have outscored their opponents 48-11 while ripping off their third winning streak of at least six games this season. Tuesday’s win put them a half-game up on Toronto. As for the Orioles and Tigers, they’ve gone a combined 2-10 since, which includes a Yankees four-sweep of Baltimore over the weekend.
Once again, New York’s place in the postseason picture looks secure with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. They hold a five-game lead over the Seattle Mariners, who are now the next closest team in the wild card standings.
Luke Voit takes over MLB home run lead
The Yankees hit six home runs in Tuesday’s outburst.
Two were slugged by first baseman Luke Voit, who now holds the MLB lead with 18 on the season.
Voit entered the day tied with Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout. He now holds a two home run advantage. The Yankees also got home runs from DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier and Gary Sanchez.
Also of note, Tuesday marked the return of Giancarlo Stanton, who had been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a hamstring strain. Stanton was the only Yankees’ starter to not record a hit or score a run in Tuesday’s win. He went hitless in four at-bats, but did draw one walk.
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