‘We’re Back to Being the Bronx Bombers’: Yankees Burst Out of a Slump

‘We’re Back to Being the Bronx Bombers’: Yankees Burst Out of a Slump

It felt like the sky was falling on the Yankees just over a week ago. They had dropped their fifth straight game on Sept. 8 to fall to 21-21, the first time since the strike-shortened 1995 season they were .500 or worse in September. They were clinging to the eighth and final spot in the American League playoffs. Their hitting and pitching was sputtering. General Manager Brian Cashman made a rare address to the entire team. Standouts Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela were still recovering from injuries. Luke Voit, the Yankees’ blunt first baseman, summed up the team’s frustrations at the time better than anyone: “I feel like teams aren’t really scared of us right now, and it’s kind of a sad thing because we’re the New York Yankees.” So much has changed in a week. After Tuesday’s 20-6 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays — New York’s sixth straight win — the Yankees leapfrogged their division rival and grabbed the A.L.’s fifth seed. Their pitching and hitting have stabilized, aided by the recent returns of Gleyber Torres, Urshela and Stanton from the injured list. Judge, too, was back with the team on Wednesday. Perhaps the Yankees are, once again, scary? “We’re back to being the Bronx Bombers, and I don’t think people want to play us in the playoffs,” Voit said after Tuesday’s game.
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