Don’t look now, but the New York Yankees’ 2021 season might not be over just yet. The consensus prior to the All-Star break was that the team was in free-fall mode, but in the four games since returning they have picked up three wins. The third in a row came on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. And it came courtesy of the long ball. Four solo shots, including one from the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, were hit, and that eventually saw them grind their way to a 6-4 victory over their NL East foes.
While the win still sees them seven games off the pace of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, they did get to see Aroldis Chapman pick up his first save in a month in the win. He gave up a run, via an Andrew McCutchen homer, but he held his nerve enough to give his team a much-needed save and ‘W.’ They are only four back in the AL Wild Card battle, so at this stage, you just never know. We might just be seeing those pinstripes back in the playoffs after all. As for the Phillies, they are one game over .500 at 47-46 but only trail the Mets by 2.5 games in the divisional race.