I’m beginning to think that Hank and Hal Steinbrenner have secretly sold this team to some guy named Murphy. You the guy…the one the law was named after…because this really is Murphy’s team…what can go wrong will go wrong.
What can you possible say about this game tonight? Know what? Screw it. I don’t even want to talk about it. Just thinking about it leaves a knot in my stomach. Why give it any extra steam, in terms of working up my blood pressure, by talking about it?
So, the Yankees have now played 84 games this season. And, at this moment, they are now 8 games back in the loss column behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays.
Last season, after 84 games, the Yankees were 10 games back in the loss column behind the first place Boston Red Sox.
In 2006, after 84 games, the Yankees were 3 games back in the loss column behind the first place Boston Red Sox. And, in 2005, after 84 games, the Yankees were 3 games back in the loss column behind the first place Boston Red Sox.
Clearly, in terms of the “uphill” nature of the challenge before the Yankees, this season – at this junction – is more like 2007 (for New York) than it is like 2005 or 2006. And, in the end, last season, the hill was just too much for the Yankees to climb…and they did not finish in first place.
Should this year be any different? Probably not. It’s time to think “Wildcard” in Yankeeland – as that may be the best this team can hope for…now.
Tomorrow morning, even with their medicore play this season (to date), the Yankees will find themselves 4 games back, in the loss column, in the Wildcard chase. That’s not terrible. It’s attainable. But, man, they can’t keep losing games like this one…and the one before…and the one before that…and hope to get that Wildcard berth. At some point, you have to start playing like a winning team. And, all season long – sans some games against the Mariners, Astros and Padres – that’s not happening in Yankeeland. Not at all.