After storming through their first-half schedule and attaining the best record in baseball, the latter portion of the New York Yankees 2012 campaign has been a grind, to say the least. Not only have the Bombers seen their lead in the AL East dwindle from 7 games to a measly 3, but injuries to several key contributors have inhibited the Yankees ability to win with consistency. That said, this team is still due for a deep playoff run.
Even through the injuries, a dormant offense, and uncertainty on the pitching staff, the Bombers are still leading the most competitive division in all of baseball and seem primed to rebound down the stretch. As the playoffs rapidly approach, the Yankees are shaping up to be a formidable opponent come October. They may or may not actually win the World Series, but this team is going to be a tough out for anybody they play.
Let's take a look at four specific reasons why the 2012 New York Yankees will be serious competitors for a title, and restore a sense of normalcy to "The House That Ruth Built."