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MLB - US Sports: Are the wheels coming off for the Yankees?

The New York Yankees appear to have hit a little bit of a wobble in the past month after dominating their way through June.

In July they have won only half of their matches, playing .500 ball. This is in stark contrast to the previous month when they lost only six games, winning 22.

The Yankees' were the best team in baseball going into the All-Star break, and they still have the best record in the Major Leagues (just). They need some starting pitching help before the trade deadline and that can't come soon enough.

Possible Trades

New York has already acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitchers TJ.Sikkema, Beck Way and Chandler Champlain. This was in response to Joey Gallo's poor season.

The need for starting pitching is the Yankees' requirement right now. Following Jordan Montgomery's recent struggles, paired with Luis Severino' recovery process from injury and Nestor Cortes' workload management, the need for another starter in the rotation has intensified.

The Yankees missed out on the Cincinnati Reds' ace Luis Castillo. The next move could be the Oakland Athletics' starter, Frankie Montas.

Yankees' team manager Aaron Boone spoke to the official website about potential trades, following Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals: "If we're able to do something, I'll certainly be excited about it.

"I'm sure it's with an idea of making us better right now. But my focus is on who we have right now. We've been one of the best teams, if not the best team in the league, and we'll continue to be that with whatever happens."

Gallo future uncertain

Joey Gallo's time at Yankee Stadium appears doomed following the Benintendi trade. The 28-year-old is likely to be traded with three teams drawing interest in him. Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres and the Tampa Bay Rays could be a waiting destination for Gallo. His numbers this season have been poor though, he is hitting just .159 with 12 home runs.

Gallo was traded to the Yankees a year ago from the Texas Rangers and helped them snatch a Wild Card spot on the final day of the regular season last year.

Gallo spoke to the Athletic recently, about his time at Yankee Stadium: "Every time I see a Yankees hat, every time I see a Yankees' jersey, it's something I'm going to have to understand. I didn't play well as a Yankee. I wish I had.

"I feel bad. It's something I'm going to have to really live with for the rest of my life. It's going to be tough. I didn't play well. I didn't live up to expectations. And that's a tough pill to swallow."

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Last Season

A year ago, the Yankees were hovering around a .500 season having played inconsistent baseball through the first few months. The Bronx Bombers traded for first baseman/slugger Anthony Rizzo and Gallo.

They helped New York find a way- including a run of 13 wins in a row in August - to get to the playoffs and Reach a Wild Card spot. Ok, they didn't perform in the Wild Card game against the Boston Red Sox, but that disappointment pushed the Yankees towards this season.

Up and coming

The Yankees are 5-6 since the All-Star break including a two-game sweep by American League rivals, Houston Astros and a two-game loss to their crosstown neighbours, the New York Mets.

They have series wins over the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals since the break.

The month of August will test the Yankees like no other. They immediately start with a series against the Seattle Mariners, followed by the St Louis Cardinals.

A return against the Mariners, before a three-game series in Boston. A set of games at Yankee Stadium follows against the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets.

Apart from the Red Sox (although they are only 3.5 games back from an AL Wild Card spot, Boston are bottom of the AL East Division) all are playing for either a Divisional title or a Wild Card position in their Leagues. Things couldn't be tougher at Yankee Stadium.

Wheels loose but all is not lost

It's extremely premature to write about if the Yankees are to implode this season. They have started the second half of the season quietly that's for sure, however, the Benintendi trade, Aaron Judge hitting home runs, the inevitable postseason chase.

A few more tweaks in the right areas and the Yankees will be better for it. They need to be steady and secure if they are to challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers for the World Series.

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