Ups and downs, slumps and streaks, unfathomably poor hitting and solid pitching has kept them in the thick of a playoff spot. While it's hard to sum up 84 games of baseball for a major league club, all of the above adequately describe the life and times of the 2013 New York Yankees.
At 45-39 and riding a three-game winning streak, the Yankees keep teetering on the brink of a lost season. Yet every time they've been close to defeat, they've risen to their feet and responded with timely hitting and shutdown pitching.
It's cause to believe that this squad still has what it takes to make it to the postseason for the 18th time in 19 seasons. Even amid the pessimism, losing streaks and extraordinarily weak hitting at times, the Yankees are only 2.5 games back in the wild-card standings with more than enough games to make up the deficit.
There have been highlights this season for the Yankees, even though this team hardly reminds you of the championship teams of the past 18 years. Robinson Cano is back hitting like a monster and Hiroki Kuroda has fired his share of gems.
It will sure take more highlights, a little luck and some more victories for this Yankees team to play October baseball. For now, in chronological order, enjoy these highlights from the season's first half.