The Bronx Bombers are trying to make the playoffs in 2018

Yankees celebrate ‘for a second’ before turning attention toward Astros

BOSTON – A year ago, the Yankees were the team everyone said would contend for a playoffs berth before eventually losing in the AL Wild Card round.

But a year later, they’re the team that had the American League’s best bullpen, and they’re trying to make the playoffs in 2018.

The Bronx Bombers are trying to win as many games as they can and stay out of the cellar and, at the same time, earn a postseason spot, or at least stay in the race to the playoffs. Their record in the AL East is 6-10.

“We’re not making it any easier for ourselves,” Alex Rodriguez said of the recent losing streak. “We have to show a better effort.”

The Yankees are hoping to start to show it after two disappointing losses to the Red Sox and the Orioles, two teams that have been playing better.

“We’re not as good as we want to be,” said David Hemmer, the Yankees’ fourth pitcher of the day and the final starter off the Yankees’ 40-man roster. “There’s still a lot of baseball left. So, we’ve got to go out there and be more competitive.”

Yankees reliever Chad Green said he was aware, during the two games on Monday, how his team is struggling to be successful. For a while, Green said his approach to pitch counts was different than it has been in previous seasons.

“I mean, the pitches that were going over were so predictable,” Green said. “That was a big difference.”

The Yankees have had trouble throwing strikes recently and Green said they’ve made the wrong adjustments.

“When you go over and you throw a pitch, when you’re

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