Back on July 28th, I wrote:
I think it’s time to face it, and admit it, that this Yankees’ team is a “C.T.” – as in “Contender Tease.” They excel at scratching at the door, making it look like they want to come in – but, when it’s time to come in the house, they shy away like a cat sensing water and flee back into the yard.
Maybe I was just being harsh at the time? Or, was I? Check this out:
From June 5th to June 17th of this season, the Yankees went on a nice run. In that time, they improved from their 24-31 record to be 35-32. What did they do next? They lost 7 of 8 to the Rockies, Giants and O’s to fall back to 36-39.
Then, from July 2nd to July 25th, New York went on another nice run. In that time, they improved from their 39-41 record to be 55-46. What did they do next? They lost 3 in a row to the Royals and O’s to fall back to 55-49.
Next, from August 1st to August 13th, New York went on yet another nice run. In that time, they improved from their 58-49 record to be 67-51. What did they do next? They lost 3 in a row to the O’s and Tigers to fall back to 67-54. (After this, the Yankees took three games from the Tigers – before getting waxed in their last two games by the Angels.)
This is now the last three months, in a row, where the Yankees have gone into mini-slumps just when it appears that they’re about to start really rolling.
If that’s not a “Contender Tease,” then what is it?