Should the Yankees be buyers or sellers? That's the question that ended the first half for the team and answers should come quickly as the Yankees open up at home after the All-Star break with 10 games, three against the Red Sox, four against the ...and more »
SAN DIEGO â€” Call it the must-win homestand for the Yankees.
Should the Yankees be buyers or sellers? Thatâ€™s the question that ended the first half for the team and answers should come quickly as the Yankees open up at home after the All-Star break with 10 games, three against the Red Sox, four against the Orioles and three more against the Giants.
There is one way to become a buyer: Win games. And start on this homestand.
â€œWe do need to start playing well, .500 is not going to cut it anymore,â€ Yankees All-Star reliever Andrew Miller told The Post before Tuesday nightâ€™s All-Star Game at Petco Park.
â€œItâ€™s really good teams we play this homestand,â€ Miller said. â€œWeâ€™ve played well against some really good teams and what we just did in Cleveland [winning three of four] was certainly a testament to that. We know the challenges ahead of us and it will be more rewarding if we beat teams like that.â€
The biggest problem for the fourth-place Yankees has been in their own division with the three teams ahead of them in the AL East â€” the Orioles, Red Sox and Blue Jays. Against those three teams, the Yankees are 6-15.
Miller, who could be traded if the Yankees sell, is hopeful their play in the division will even out.â€œThe American League East is a really good division,â€ he said. â€œPeople can say what they want about it, but at the end of the day, if you survive that division, youâ€™re a good team.â€
The Yankees need to show they are a good team.
The Yankees are 23-18 at home this season, but they have been outscored at home, 185-184. On the road this season the Yankees are 21-26, getting outscored 220-187.
They have their work cut out for them right away. Will they be buyers or sellers?
â€œIf weâ€™re going out and adding players that are expected to help us win this season, that means weâ€™ve played well in the next couple of weeks,â€ Miller said. â€œI think thatâ€™s the Yankee way. Whoever you talk to from ownership on down, thatâ€™s all we know, thatâ€™s all they know. The expectation is for us to go out there and compete every year, and I think we have the team to do that.â€
This homestand will tell the story.
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