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I believe between now and the all-star break is vital for the Yankees. This is the time of the season, last year that the Yankees began to fall apart.

After a sweep last week by one of the worst teams in baseball – Tampa Bay – I am a bit worried.

The team is off to a great start, but now is not the time to take it easy. The Boston Red Sox are right on our heels. They will not let down. The Yankees can’t either.

Giancarlo Stanton has been playing better of late. I believe he is a key. He likes warm weather and the team needs a sparkplug to keep them out of complacency.

Gary Sanchez may be out for some time with a groin issue. Austin Romine will fit in admirably. But the team loses power.

Stanton needs to pick up that slack. Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar are young. They will tire as this is a longer season than they are used to playing. Aaron Judge’s numbers were way down the second half of last year. Brett Gardner is now a senior player of the team and he can be tired.

I am concerned about first base. I love Greg Bird, but I have heard enough excuses from him. If you can be the team’s first basemen now would be a good time to do it. His hitting is not up to par.

Aaron Hicks will be also vital. He is a strong player both offensively and defensively.

Which leaves Didi Gregorius. He can certainly shine the next few months as he did in April.

If the next few weeks or months go well it will certainly be because of the hitting of Gregorius, Hicks and Stanton. I believe those three are the key to success the next couple of weeks.

If the team does suffer a let down, it will be difficult to come back and win the American League East. Watch the Yankees carefully between now and the all-star break. A true character of a team is winning consistently.

I believe they can do it. At least, I hope so.