The Yankees finished out their 2020 regular season with a three-game home series against the Miami Marlins this past weekend, and even though they qualified for the postseason, they won’t be playing another game at Yankee Stadium until 2021.
So as the Yankees get prepared to start their best-of-three Wild Card matchup with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, they know that they won’t be able to enjoy any home cooking on their pursuit for a 28th championship.
The road has been unkind to the Yankees this season, but despite the team’s 11-18 road record (compared to 22-9 in the Bronx), Luke Voit is extremely confident that the Bombers can play well away from home.
“It’s been a weird year so you’ve just got to do what you can with it,” Voit said on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re ready to play. It doesn’t matter if we’re in Cleveland, San Diego, LA or Texas, we’re ready to go.
“Everyone’s saying that we only play good at Yankee Stadium is a bunch of BS. We’re ready to go. It doesn’t matter if we’re visitors or home. We’re going to come out with a locked-and-loaded lineup, and our pitchers are going to be attacking the zone.”
As detailed by SNY’s Anthony McCarron, the Yankees’ win-loss record isn’t the only column that features some stark differences in home and away splits. For a team that tends to live and die on the home run ball, the Yankees hit just 27 home runs with a .677 OPS in their 29 road games, compared to their 67 home runs and .906 OPS in their 31 home games.
And Voit himself saw his personal numbers take a dip in road games as well, as he slashed just .227/.312/.423 with six home runs on the road, compared to his Yankee Stadium line of .319/.360/.767 with 16 big flies.
The Yankees will look to erase those poor road numbers as they begin their set with the Indians on Tuesday night at 7:08 p.m., as Gerrit Cole makes his first postseason start with the team against Indians ace and Cy Young hopeful Shane Bieber.