AL East

Can the New York Yankees Make a Return to the World Series in 2017?

New York Yankees' Aaron Hicks, right, and Aaron Judge celebrate after Hicks hit a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The 2017 New York Yankees have re-energized its fan base and has everyone excited for the rest of this season and beyond for the team. The Yankees bats have been hot all season and the pitching has been relatively consistent.

The Yankees are in the midst of a competitive rebuild with young talent mixed in with veterans. The Yankees lineup has been anchored by Aaron Judge, who is tied for the MLB league lead in home runs along with Starlin Castro who is third in American League batting average.

Outfielders Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner have also provided power to the lineup by combining for 14 home runs and 35 runs batted in at this early point in the season. The Yankees are at the top of the leaderboard in team statistics for home runs and runs, which shows how strong its offense has been this season.

The Yankees lineup has been so productive that even manager Joe Girardi has had a hard time filling out the lineup card each night.

“Everyone is swinging the bat. It is a really good problem to have, and I know I’m sure guys don’t want to sit down, but I think over the long haul this will help every one of them, and I think that it will keep them fresh,” said Girardi.

Heading into this season the Yankees pitching rotation was a major question mark. With strong starts to the season from Michael Pineda and Luis Severino the Yankees have been able to be competitive every single night regardless of who is on the mound. These two pitchers have combined for 102 strikeouts and an earned run average of 3.64, which is significant improvements from their past seasons to this point.

The Yankees have a lot of pieces already in place to make a return to the playoffs and a deep run into October. The team may look to add some more talent at the trade deadline and call up some of its top prospects, but these Yankees look primed for a potential playoff run back to the World Series.

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