Yankees vs. Brewers Series: Battle to crown the rising powerhouse

Aaron Judge - player of the New York Yankees and other player of the Brewers.

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A fresh series is set to begin this Friday for the New York Yankees as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium. This three-game showdown holds significant playoff implications for both teams.

The New York Yankees are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround in their 2023 season. After a tumultuous period that saw them fall below the .500 mark and prompted their general manager to label it a “disaster,” the Bronx Bombers have found their stride once again. With a renewed sense of purpose, they now have their eyes set on a postseason berth. Their upcoming three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers promises to be a critical juncture in this late-season push.

Yankees’ playoff hopes: A long shot with a 0.4% Chance

Aug 28, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after hitting a pop fly to third base against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees are making a stunning comeback. After dominating the Detroit Tigers, winning three out of four, they went on the road and swept the Houston Astros. Back at home, they snagged the first game against the Tigers with two more to go this week. It’s like they’ve finally found their groove.

But let’s not kid ourselves; the Yankees still have a mountain to climb in the playoff race. Their current record of 70-70 isn’t going to cut it. To even have a shot, they need to win at least 18 of their remaining 24 games and pray for some good luck.

Sure, it’s possible, especially with their recent hot streak. But it’s a long shot. Can they grab a Wild Card spot? Well, right now, the Toronto Blue Jays have a firm grip on that third spot. The Bombers are 7.5 games behind, and they’ve got to surpass the Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox, and maybe even the Texas Rangers.

There are three Wild Card spots, but it looks like the Tampa Bay Rays and one of the AL West teams have the first two locked up. That leaves the Yankees scrapping with the Rangers, Red Sox, and Blue Jays for that last ticket to the dance.

In plain terms, the Yankees have a minuscule 0.4% chance of making the playoffs. They’re not mathematically out, but it might as well be over.

Yankees on the rise

Yankees' prospect Jasson Dominguez

The Yankees have been on an impressive run lately, winning 8 of their last 10 games. Despite trailing the Boston Red Sox by two games in the AL East, they remain very much in the wild card hunt, just seven games out with 22 left to play. This series against the Brewers presents an opportunity to gain ground and solidify their playoff aspirations.

Brewers Looking to rebound

On the flip side, the Milwaukee Brewers are coming off a disappointing series loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They now find themselves in a tight race with the Chicago Cubs, separated by just two games in the standings. For the Brewers, every win is crucial as they aim to secure a playoff spot.

Historical matchup

When we look at the historical record between these two teams, the Yankees hold the advantage with 214 wins to the Brewers’ 188 in their all-time matchups. The Yankees have outscored the Brewers by 108 runs in those contests, showcasing their historical dominance. However, past records won’t necessarily dictate the outcome of this series.

Offensive showdown

In terms of offensive statistics, both teams have had their struggles at various points in the season. The Yankees have shown better offensive performance on the road, while the Brewers have fared slightly better at home. However, recent trends suggest that both teams have the potential to light up the scoreboard. The Yankees have seen standout performances from the likes of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and emerging rookie Jasson Dominguez. Meanwhile, the Brewers boast talented hitters such as Christian Yelich, Willy Adames, William Contreras, and Mark Canha. It’s likely that this series will feature a battle of the bats.

Pitching duel

When it comes to pitching, the Yankees have been solid, especially at home, where they hold a 3.87 ERA. Their pitching staff has done an excellent job limiting hits and runs. On the other hand, the Brewers have relied on their pitching, with an opposing batting average ranking first in the league. Both teams will need their pitchers to deliver quality outings to secure victory.

Pitching matchups

For the first game of the series, the Yankees will send Luis Severino to the mound, who has shown recent improvement with a 2.04 ERA in his last three games. However, he will face a challenge in Brewers’ right-hander Colin Rea, who has had a solid season on the road.

In the second game, Michael King will look to continue his strong performances for the Yankees. Facing him will be Wade Miley, a crafty veteran who can keep hitters off balance.

The series finale will see a marquee matchup between two aces: Gerrit Cole for the Yankees and Corbin Burnes for the Brewers. Both pitchers are among the league leaders in various statistical categories, promising an exciting showdown on the mound.

Key players to watch

The New York Yankees' captain, Aaron Judge

For the Yankees, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will be crucial in providing power in the lineup. Gleyber Torres and emerging star Jasson Dominguez will look to continue their impressive hitting. Meanwhile, veteran DJ LeMahieu will aim to maintain his consistency.

On the Brewers’ side, Christian Yelich will try to rediscover his MVP form. Willy Adames and William Contreras have been vital contributors, while Mark Canha has been a valuable addition.

As the regular season enters its final stretch, the Yankees and Brewers are locked in a playoff race where every game matters. This three-game series has the potential to significantly impact their postseason aspirations. Whether it’s the power-packed Yankees or the stingy Brewers pitching staff, both teams will bring their A-game to the ballpark, and fans can expect thrilling baseball action. The outcome of this series could set the tone for the remainder of their respective seasons, making it a must-watch for baseball enthusiasts.

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