Last season, the Yankees returned to the postseason in a big way, shocking the baseball world. They knocked off the Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card game and would beat the World Series favorite Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. But that fun run came to a close after they blew a 3-2 series lead to the Houston Astros in the ALCS to lose the series in seven games.
2017 brought a ton of positives to the Bronx. Aaron Judge established himself as one of the game's best young stars. Gary Sanchez proved that his surge in 2016 was not a fluke and that he can be an impact bat in the majors. Luis Severino became the ace the Yankees thought he could be while Greg Bird showed glimpses of the player he can be when healthy.
The circumstances are different entering 2018 as the pressure is on for the Yankees to return to a championship caliber team. How they handle the pressure will go a long way in deciding their fate. But one thing is certain, they must build off of 2017.