This could be an interesting week for the Yankees

I feel like we have been here before. The last couple of the seasons the Yankees had a solid start with different players coming through in the clutch. And, then, things fell apart – or more that it just stays even.

New York has lost 7 of its last 8, and won just two games on its recent nine-game road trip. These two days off this week may very well be needed as it starts a six-game home stand followed by a seven-game West Coast road trip tomorrow. Their next day off is not until June 4.

This coming week could be an important one in the Yankees season. Two months in, and things start to potentially show how the Yankees are going to play for the rest of the season.

In 2013, the Yankees were 30-18 on May 31. Starting on June 1, they finished the season 54-53, a mediocre team.

Last season, New York was just average the entire time with a few moments where it looked better than just OK. But they still finished 84-78, and played to a 55-52 record starting on June 1.

This seems to be the juncture – based on the last two seasons – where the Yankees will either be a mediocre team or a playoff contender.

Reasons to be optimistic - Masahiro Tanaka is closer to coming back. While there still have been concerns about his pitching this year, if he comes back healthy from the DL, he can still be an effective pitcher. - The Yankees bullpen has been solid, minus recent hiccups. Every team goes through a tough patch, and the bullpen should be able to rebound. - The Yankees still have a positive run differential of +12

Reasons to worry - Jacoby Ellsbury going on the DL is a major concern, especially depending on how long he is out. - Starting pitching continues to be frustrating. - Yankees have been one of the worst defensive teams this season with a team fielding percentage of .981, toward the bottom half of the league.