The New York Yankees scored 20 runs on the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night to defeat them 20-6 and retake sole possession of the American League East’s second place.
After a recent spell that saw the Yankees go 5-15 in a 20-game stretch, the starting pitching has settled in, the relief corps have gotten healthy and the offense has mostly raked, developments that have given the teams its identity back. They are back to being the “Bronx Bombers.”
Luke Voit, who homered two times yesterday, is now leading the major leagues in the category with 18, which is crazy considering the circumstances and the 60-game season. His power display has been a big reason why the New York Yankees have surged from the ashes.
”A couple of weeks ago, I don’t think teams were scared of us. And now we’re back to being the Bronx Bombers,” Voit said according to the Associated Press. ”I don’t think people want to play us in the playoffs.”
The Yankees still have goals to achieve
The Yankees are now 27-21, two games behind the fourth-seeded Minnesota Twins (30-20.) Overtaking the Twins in the fourth place would mean that New York would host one of the Wild Card series instead of being the visitor team.
”Makes for some sleepless nights,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ”And now as we get more and more guys back and healthy and in the mix, I know we’re capable of amazing things.”
For now, the Yankees have to be thankful of having Luke Voit with them. In the midst of some weird circumstances, he has been the one constant.
”We’ve had a lot of weird things happening this year,” Voit said, ”so I had to step up and play a bigger role.”
After several tough days not so long ago, the Yankees are back to being a feared team. And that’s good for baseball.