SEATTLE — The common season is barely half over, however the Yankees’ future could possibly be determined within the coming weeks, because the group decides whether or not to remain all-in or to promote on the commerce deadline.
Aaron Boone is conscious of the stakes.
“We perceive the significance of those video games and the opening we dug ourselves within the first half of the season,’’ Boone mentioned earlier than the Yankees opened a collection in opposition to the Mariners. “It’s a vital week for us and hopefully we get it off on a great notice.”
A 12-1 win will suffice, although it got here with one other regarding outing from Aroldis Chapman, who loaded the bases within the ninth.
The Yankees pounded the Mariners from the soar, as Giancarlo Stanton crushed a three-run homer with one out within the first and so they added three extra runs within the second off former Yankee Justus Sheffield, who lasted simply 1 ²/₃ innings.
The Yankees scored twice extra within the third in help of Jameson Taillon.
Rougned Odor’s three-run shot within the eighth off former Mets prospect Rafael Montero gave the Yankees’ a season-high in each runs and hits and Luke Voit added a career-best 5 hits.
It was at the least a brief respite from their current woes, which included three losses of their earlier 4 video games that dropped the Yankees to only a sport over .500.
Stanton opened the scoring along with his fifteenth homer.
“It might be a great push for us if we play this week out properly and positively hit the reset button on the break,’’ Stanton mentioned. “We all know what we have to do.”
Although normal supervisor Brian Cashman and managing normal associate Hal Steinbrenner each mentioned final week the group was in purchase mode because the July 30 non-waiver commerce deadline approached, Cashman acknowledged that perspective might change “if we fall like a stone.”
Tuesday’s victory left the Yankees 9 ½ video games again of first-place Boston.
“This group has what it takes,’’ Voit mentioned. “The division is fairly far [out], however we nonetheless have 80 video games to play if we get sizzling.”
They’ve two extra video games in opposition to Seattle at T-Cellular Park earlier than closing out the primary half with three video games in Houston, going through the first-place Astros.
“I’m certain all of it issues,’’ Boone mentioned of the group’s efficiency because the deadline nears. “Our focus is on [the games]. That’s extra for the entrance workplace to deal with what strikes to make, to not make.”
And one victory doesn’t imply a turnaround is on the horizon, significantly coming off a 2-7 stretch that included a three-game sweep in Boston and dropping two of three to the Mets in The Bronx.
“We’ve nonetheless bought to proper our ship and play our sport and play to our capabilities,’’ Boone mentioned. “I hope we’re ready to do one thing to assist us out, however we’ve bought to earn that and play properly.”
To ensure that that to occur, their wildly disappointing lineup wants extra nights like Tuesday — in addition to extra begins just like the one Taillon supplied in opposition to Seattle.
The precise-hander received his third consecutive begin after an eight-start stretch by which he didn’t win a sport.
In his earlier outing, Taillon was principally the beneficiary of sturdy run help.
However on Tuesday, he took benefit of the Yankees’ early outburst and pitched properly and effectively.
Taillon gave up one run in seven innings, his longest outing of the season, whereas strolling only one and hanging out 9.
He allowed only a pair of singles by the primary 5 innings earlier than the Mariners scratched out a run on three hits within the sixth.
Taillon known as the primary half of his season “up and down” and was inspired by the very fact he had all of his pitches working Tuesday.
“I just like the path I’m headed,’’ Taillon mentioned.
The Yankees hope to remain headed in the identical path, as properly.