We can agree on that, right? I mean my Mo did the Yankees look terrible over the weekend or what?
First there was the 18 men left on base on Friday night after a blown save by Joba.
Then there was the comeback on Saturday, followed by a rare Mariano Rivera outing in which he seemingly had no idea where the ball was going (has that ever been said about him ever?).
Then there was the two hit performance on Sunday–at least one of those hits was an authoritative double by Derek Jeter.
The only good thing I can say about this entire series is that I’m glad it’s over and they still have a half game lead in the A.L. East and a big lead in the wild card race. The magic number also went down, which is nice. Obviously, it doesn’t get any better or easier this week as the Yankees face the Rays.
After these three games, the Yankees could be at best 3.5 games up or at worst 2.5 games down. Either way, I’m alright with that. If they’re 3.5 up, they’ll have something to build on during the next week, as well as during the four game set with Tampa in New York the week after this. If they’re down 2.5 after the series, they still have plenty of time to make that up, especially with Tampa coming to town.
As of the writing of this post, both the Yankees (98.7) and Rays (99.2) have essentially locked up playoff spots. The goal from here on out is to get healthy and stay that way.
Bottom line: this weekend was an awful weekend for the Yankees. Just about everything that could’ve gone wrong–save for massive injuries–did go wrong. Still, as I said, the Yankees are still in first and the magic number came down over the weekend. The Yankees are still in great position and we should realize that the pitching rotation come playoff time will not look like the rotation from this series. The lineup won’t be as it was today either. We’ll obviously see Gardner, Swisher, and Rodriguez back in there. Yes the Yankees have lost five of six and they looked terrible but they also just recently won eight in a row. Still, my confidence isn’t horribly shaken. I have faith that the Yankees can recover and when Andy Pettitte returns, things will look a lot sunnier.