5 Reasons the New York Yankees Will Achieve Their Chase for 28

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIIAugust 22, 2011

5 Reasons the New York Yankees Will Achieve Their Chase for 28

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    The New York Yankees are hunting down their 28th World Series championship.  

    The team is currently in first place in the American League, with their rivals the Boston Red Sox half a game back.  

    After a devastating loss to the Texas Rangers in the 2010 ALCS, it has now been two years since the Yankees last won a World Series. 

    Although they have been plagued with injuries all over the field, the Yanks are back on top to dominate in October. 

Derek Jeter's Momentum

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    Since returning from the disabled list, Derek Jeter has been blowing up the charts. Jeter made history in July by becoming the first Yankee to have 3,000 career hits.

    His batting average is .340, on base percentage is .393, and slugging percentage is .477, easily making him one of Major League Baseball's hottest hitters.

    The captain isn't going anywhere without another adding another ring to his collection this October. 

Alex Rodriguez and the Healthy Pinstripe Lineup

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    Alex Rodriguez returned to third base on Sunday for the first time since July 7. The slugger has been out due to a knee surgery. Rodriguez went 0-5 in his return against the Minnesota Twins but said that his knee felt good.  

    Phil Hughes was out most of the summer but has bounced back tremendously since his return in July.

    The only illness the team is suffering is A.J. Burnett's August battle at the mound. Burnett has been less than stellar this season, with a 4.96 ERA. 

Dirty Bullpen

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    While the team has the seventh-best ERA (3.56), they still have a bullpen that any team will be hard pressed to beat in the postseason. The Yanks have powerhouse closers in Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera.  

    Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova are among two of the starters making up for A.J.Burnett's lack of pizazz. 

Jesus Montero

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    Jesus Montero will be called up before the postseason. It seems likely that Montero will be brought up from Scranton-Wilkes Barre sometime in September.  

    Rodriguez spent time with the catcher while rehabbing this past week and thinks that he has what it takes to make it in the majors.  

    He even told reporters that Montero "played with a lot of intensity" and that he's "got all the tools."

Because All They Do Is Win

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    They are the winningest franchise in Major League Baseball history. 

    Coincidentally, they are the most hated franchise for the same reason. The Yankees are trained to win the World Series, with 27 so far under their belts.

    No. 28 is only a matter of time.