Originally written September 05, 2012 on Bronx Pinstripes:
Mlb_may_06_7b6a
As a September to remember begins to unfold before us in Major League Baseball, the Yankees find themselves in an interesting position. After holding on to sole possession of the AL East for 84 days, they were tied with Baltimore for first place for one day. After a Baltimore loss and a Yanks win tonight, they now have a one-game lead, and hope to start a new streak atop the division to end the season. With the majority of their remaining schedule against AL East opponents, the Yankees have their destiny in their own hands. However, with an offense that’s been struggling through inconsistency and injury, they need someone to step up, someone to be a savior. They needed a jumpstart in 2009 after starting slow, and received one in Alex Rodriguez, who returned from hip surgery and blasted a three-run home run in his first at-bat, on the first pitch, against Baltimore in Camden Yards. From that point forward, the Yankees were off and running, while Arod guided them with clutch hits en route to a World Series victory. The Yankees need Arod again in 2012. He returned on Monday, as summer unofficially ended, after being sidelined since July 24 with a broken hand. On July 18, the Yankees had a 10 game lead. Since Arod went down, the Yankees have gone down as well. The lineup had to be reshuffled and rebuilt, as it became too left-handed. Robinson Cano began to struggle without any protection in the lineup, Mark Teixeira went down with a calf injury. Without Teix and Arod, the lineup isn’t that imposing. Arod balances the lineup and lengthens it, even though he isn’t the player he used to be. As Alex Rodriguez goes, so do the Yankees. His name and reputation alone still strikes fear in opposing pitchers. Right when he got hurt, you could tell he was about to heat up and go on one of his tears. Currently, he is hitting .275 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs, almost a carbon-copy of last years stats. Without injury this year, he would’ve ended the season with 30 plus homers and 100 RBIs. The thing with home run hitters is that they come in bunches. I fully expect Arod to go on one of his runs before this month is over, hitting say 4 homers over the course of 5-6 games, having multi-hit games, extra-base hits. He has a chance to be a hero this season for a Yankees team that is this close to missing the playoffs. With Teixeira hopefully coming back for the huge four-game Baltimore series this weekend, the Yankees hope to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack. Look for Arod to have a say in it. If he can propel the Yanks to October, there’s no reason the Yanks won’t get hot and make another run towards the World Series. It’s a clean slate in October, just ask the 2000 Yankees. That team lost 15 of its remaining 18 games, and backed into the playoffs. We all know how that year ended.    
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Yankees News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe chooses Iggy over Swaggy P

Is DeMarco Murray the NFL's best RB?

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.