When the Yankees won last Tuesday, I wrote:
…tonight was a page from the recent Yankees-great-teams text book. Get an early lead, have your starting pitcher maintain that margin, and then tack on runs until the game is far in your favor.
Well, tonight, the Yankees were beat with a page from their own book. Luckily, no one has runaway with the A.L. East, and, despite a record of 11-10, New York is only one game out of first place.
In a way, you can say that it’s now a 141 game season (instead of 162). And, if the Yankees win the remaining games in this series, and then go out and have a big May and June, then no one will care about the 11-10 start.
Really, the sun doesn’t shine on the same dog’s butt everyday. I truly feel that tonight was just one of those nights. You’re going to win at least 60 games each baseball season and you’re going to lose around 60 games each baseball season – and it’s those remaining 40 games that make or break you. This evening was probably just one of those 60 games that you’re going to lose, no matter what.
I expect the Yankees to rub some dirt on it, walk it off, and get ready to keep playing. It also helps to have Johnson and Mussina on the hill for the next two games.