It’s the end of the second month of the season and The Yankees (30-23) have not been playing well recently. After struggling to beat the JV team from Queens, it’s easy to be frustrated with their recent performance. The schedule is about to serve as a true test for the team, with the Yankees hosting Boston (+50 run differential) and Cleveland (+28) over the next two series. The Yankees presently have a run differential of +15.

While things look dire now, all hope should not be lost. Through the magic of Fangraphs’ rest of season projections, we can see the future is probably not all that bad.

The Yankees are currently slated to finish with 87 wins, a total that was higher than when we originally checked in early May. This record would allow them to make the playoffs as a wildcard team, slated to play the Oakland A’s in the play-in game. Factor in help from reinforcements like Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain and things could be looking up even more.

Every team slumps over a 162 game season. The Yankees have likely maxed out the performances they were going to get from replacement-level players who were getting extended looks – like Jayson Nix and Lyle Overbay, among others. Now the REAL team is starting to take shape and hopefully the improved health will lead to more consistent performances and greater optimism moving forward.