The New York Yankees' midseason grade.
(45-41, 3.5 behind in AL East, leading Wild Card): Thanks to Aaron Judge's meteoric rise and a better-than-expected rotation, the Yankees spent the better part of two months in first place, that less than a year after their first deadline sell-off in a generation. Injuries, particularly to the bullpen, and a Gaping Vortex of Suck at first base (third base ain't so hot either), have since taken their toll, resulting in a 7–18 slide. Are they still rebuilding, or are they serious about contending this year? A 10-day road trip to kick off the second half, starting in Boston, will be telling.