One week ago, the question, posed above in the headline, would have been answered with an "absolutely not" or an "are you kidding me?".
There were questions everywhere: C.C. Sabathia's health, Andy Pettitte's ability, and the offense's production were just a few.
It was setting up to be a very difficult last few weeks combined with an uncertain outlook on the future.
Oh, how quickly things change. They usually do in baseball.
The Yankees have only gained a game in the standings this week, but their momentum makes their game and a half lead in the AL East seem like more. Sabathia has shown his usual dominance this time of the year; he has put together two great starts back to back, albeit todays was against the Twins.
Andy Pettitte has come back from the disabled list throwing eleven scoreless innings in two starts. It seems like now, the Yankees have a formidable three man rotation set up for the playoffs with CC, Kuroda and Pettitte. With those three, they have the ability to shut down any team they play, or at least hold them down long enough for the offense to show what it can do.
Speaking of hitting, the Bombers are in a groove. They've hit eight home runs in the past three games. Nick Swisher is hitting well, and Curtis Granderson might just be coming around.
Getting hot at this time of year makes pretenders look like contenders and contenders look like shoe-ins for the World Series. If all the pieces continue to click, and the Yankees go into the playoffs hot, they can win the title.