The New York Yankees posted a great Week 21, going 5-2 and gaining serious ground in the American Least and AL Wild Card standings. Had it not been for two tough losses to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees could have been within 1.5 games of the Wild Card.
Their strong play this past week can be attributed to several different factors. For one, Robinson Cano is absurdly hot right now. He's hitting .357/.432/.500 in August and has done his job of keeping the Yankees alive.
Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson have also played a part in keeping the Yankees afloat this week. With Derek Jeter scheduled to return on Monday, per Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, it seems as if the Yankees are exactly where they want to be given their midseason struggles.
The prospects also posted good weeks. Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams are continuing their adjustment to Double-A pitching, but the Yankees should be happy to know that their top prospects are beginning their climbs to the majors.
As always, there were disappointments along the way. Some guys just didn't produce as expected. Young players aren't unaccustomed to growing pains, though, so there's always Week 22.