2020: The Yankees’ 2020 season will be remembered largely for its inconsistency. Surging to a 16-6 start in the pandemic-delayed campaign, manager Aaron Boone’s squad then dropped 15 of 20 games, correcting the slide with a 10-game winning streak. That was followed by a limp to the finish, concluding with a 33-27 record that was good for second place in the American League East, seven games behind the division-leading Rays. Tampa Bay had the Bombers’ number during the regular season, winning eight of 10 meetings.
Gerrit Cole enjoyed a strong first season in New York, pitching to a 7-3 record with a 2.84 ERA in 12 regular season starts. With an offense paced by American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu (.364) and home run leader Luke Voit (22), the Yankees swept the Indians in the AL Wild Card Series at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, punching their ticket to the AL Division Series – held at a neutral site, San Diego’s Petco Park. New York took the ALDS to the limit against the Rays; Game 5 was decided by one run, produced when Aroldis Chapman surrendered a solo home run to Mike Brosseau.