At the close of business, yesterday, June 21, 2007, the Yankees are 10.5 games back of first place.
The last time the Yankees were 10.5+ games back of first on the morning of June 22nd: 1990
Now, yes, of course, the 2007 Yankees are not as bad as the 1990 Yankees. The talent level of these two clubs is not the same. And, the 2007 Yankees, to date, are a .500 team – whereas the 1990 Yankees were 24-40 at C.O.B. June 21st.
Still, in terms of being “behind,” well, you can make a case that, at this junction, the 2007 Yankees are just as “behind” as the 1990 Yankees were at the same time (thereabouts).
On the bright side, because the 2007 Yankees have talent, they should be able to make up some of that “behind-ness” (for lack of a better term). The question is: Can they make up all of it?
On May 22, 2007, the Yankees were 10.5 games out of first. Therefore, in the past month, this means the Yankees have made up zero ground in the standings.
At that pace, I think it’s safe to say that they won’t make up all of it.
Play for the wildcard boys. Play for that card.