Trades the Yankees Should Make to Prepar

Trades the Yankees Should Make to Prepar

The Yankees have been unquestionably the best team in Major League Baseball this season, making history while bouncing back emphatically from any hiccups acro s the first half.New York leads the league in countle s categories, they've improved from last year with their well-rounded roster and certain individuals are putting together remarkable campaigns.It's been a different story when New York has faced the Astros, though.In fact, Houston dominated the Yankees in 2022.Factoring in Kirby Puckett Jersey , opening the second half in frustrating fashion, the Yankees lost five of seven games against their rival this season. Even with those two wins, New York didn't throw a pitch or step up to the plate a single time with a lead over seven contests. The two victories came in walk-off fashion, courtesy of Aaron Judge.This offensive juggernaut was last month. Overall, New York hit .151 against Houston, the lowest batting average by the Yankees in a season against a single opponent (in five-plus games) in franchise history, per Asked about his team's struggles against the Astros after the conclusion of Thursday's doubleheader, Yankees manager Aaron Boone made it clear that numbers in the regular season don't matter. It's what happens in October that really counts."We beat them four out of six last year and they didn't hold leads. Where did that get us?" Boone said to reporters. "If we happen to come back here in October, we're going to show up. We're going to expect to win."Scroll to ContinueSo, how can the Yankees put themselves in a position to defeat this formidable foe in the postseason, an accomplishment that's eluded them over the last several years?The trade deadline.New York has until August 2 to make this roster even better with a handful of moves. Based on the way New York was outmatched by the Astros, it wouldn't be surprising if general manager Brian Cashman with that specific matchup in mind.Here are some deals the Yankees could make in the next few weeks that are designed specifically for a postseason rematch with the Astros:From an outfielder to some pitching, here are three moves the Yankees could make to prepare for a rematch with the Astros in the playoffs. Andrew BenintendiYes, Andrew Benintendi and can't play in Toronto.Sure, it's been reported that New York is due to his vaccination status.That doesn't mean he can't play against Houston. The Astros' pitching staff is predominantly right-handed. In fact, when Houston came to the Bronx last month, they threw one left-handed pitcher acro s a four-game series (starter Framber Valdez).Why not go out and acquire a player at a position of need that has incredible numbers Robbie Grossman Jersey against right-handed pitching?Benintendi is hitting .335/.401/.432 against righties in 2022 with the Royals, part of an impre sive campaign for the former Red Sox outfielder. Slot him into the lineup against Justin Verlander, Cristian Javier, Luis Garcia or any of their high-leverage relievers and there's a good chance Benintendi will put the ball in play. He doesn't have spectacular power numbers, but he rarely strikes out and doesn't chase or swing and mi s too often either. This same logic applies to outfielders like or Arizona's David Peralta. Happ, a switch-hitter, is much better against left-handed pitching (he's slashing .251/.351/.420 against righties and .347/.410/.520 against lefties). Peralta has some thump from the left side (11 homers against right-handed pitchers) and is hitting .255/.310/.482 against righties. Really, any of those options would be an upgrade from Joey Gallo, who is now batting just .162 on the season with 99 strikeouts in 222 at-bats. Even Matt Carpenter looked human against Houston on Thursday, going 0-for-7 with a game-ending double play.Go out and get the best left-handed hitting Fernando Rodney Jersey outfielder and you'll feel a lot more comfortable facing this team again in October.Besides, Benintendi has plenty of experience in the playoffs. He has a track record in Houston as well... Luis CastilloNew York's starting rotation has been such a strength for this team all year. Over the last several weeks, however, the starting staff has shown some weakne ses.Luis Severino is with a lat strain, Jameson Taillon has scuffled over the last few months (6.05 ERA in his last eight starts) and while Nestor Cortes is an All Kent Hrbek Jersey -Star, he's entering uncharted territory after eclipsing his career-high in innings.The Yankees can erase concerns in their rotation by acquiring the best starting pitcher on the market, a hurler that recently shut them down at Yankee Stadium.All-Star right-hander Luis Castillo of the Reds won't be easy to acquire, but adding him would give the Yankees a second ace along with Gerrit Cole for a postseason series against the Astros.Castillo has a 2.77 ERA in 13 starts this year. He recently twirled seven innings of one-run ball at Yankee Stadium, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning on the biggest stage.Again, trading for someone of Castillo's caliber would include a huge sacrifice from the organization's farm system. Cincinnati is in a po sible Castillo trade.With the way Castillo is pitching, it certainly seems like it would be worth it at the right price, though. Plus, the right-hander has an additional year of control before he hits free agency. A left-handed relieverWho can the Yankees trust out of the bullpen in a series against the Astros?Clay Holmes and Michael King have been incredible this year. Wandy Peralta, Albert Abreu and a healthy Ron Marinaccio have produced quality numbers in pinstripes as well.From there, and even with that second tier of relievers, you're diving into a pool of question marks.What will the Yankees get the rest of the way from Jonathan Loisiga, who was so dominant in 2021 and recently returned from the injured list. Do Miguel Castro (on the IL with a shoulder strain) or Lucas Luetge factor into the equation? And we can't forget about Aroldis Chapman, who has a history of giving up big home runs in Houston.Even if Zack Britton , there are no guarantees for a pitcher coming back from elbow surgery.The Astros have some great right-handed hitterslike Jose Altuve and Alex Bregmanbut it's the left-handers that are even more dangerous. Yordan lvarez is producing MVP-caliber numbers, Kyle Tucker continues to distinguish himself as one of the league's rising stars and if Michael Brantley is healthy, he's one of the toughest hitters to get out in the game.The three-batter rule would prevent the Yankees from sending a lefty in as a specialist, but it certainly seems like New York could use another veteran reliever for the playoffs, especially with those players in mind.If we're choosing from left-handers, what about Amir Garrett of the Royals? His ERA is an eyesore (6.45 Jose Berrios Jersey in 29 games), but his numbers against left-handed hitters are tremendous (.088 BA with just three hits allowed all year). New York loves to bring the best out of a pitcher with a quality slider a