The Yankees are back to .500, as they have been several times this season. They head west to take on the San Diego Padres, needing a sweep to finally put some distance between themselves and the .500 mark.
If the Yankees can manage a sweep with Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova, who have been struggling, Chad Green, who was awful in his only MLB start, they would have a five game winning streak and be closing in on a 2nd wild card spot. However, if they lose the series or get swept, it will likely be the final declaration of what this team probably is, a mediocre ballclub.
Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran are likely both unavailable on Friday night, meaning the Yankees are essentially playing with a 2-3 man bench, depending on roster moves. The Big Three should be pretty rested, meaning if Eovaldi can work a solid 6 innings and the offence and put some runs on the board, the Yankees should be in a position to at least take game one of the series.