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After a poor 6-9 start the season, the New York Yankees rattled off 11 wins in their next 13 games to climb into second place in the AL East.
While the absence of both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge played a role in their early slide, a closer look at New York's recent turnaround reveals the Yankees have really just been beating up on lesser competition lately.
In fact, all 17 of the Yankees' wins this season have come against teams that are currently under .500.
New York has an 0-5 record against the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks, which are the only two ball clubs New York has faced with current winning records.
With Stanton and Judge unlikely to return soon, the Yankees also face three straight teams above .500 next in the Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays.
While it's still early in the season, a poor record against the team's they'd most likely see in a potential postseason appearance is never a promising sign for the future. However, the Yankees are still tied for the best odds to win the 2019 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
These next few series should be more telling of whether the Yankees are true contenders, or if their recent turnaround is just smoke and mirrors.
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