What stands out the most in my mind, this past week, is that the Yankees went 3-4 and that doesn’t tell the whole story of this seven day period. Three of those four losses came in a sweep at Fenway Park. And, the other one came against the Mets…who also gave the Yanks a gift win on June 12th. So, in reality, the Yankees “played” like a 2-5 team this week. Further, they started out the week in first place, up by a half-game, and ended the week in second place – two games back of first. All told, this may just have been the Yankees worst week of the season to date.
It will be interesting to see where New York goes from here. They do get to fatten up with three against the Nats, in the Bronx, to start Week 11. And, Washington is a team in crisis right now. Just watch, with the Yankees luck, the Nationals will axe their manager the day before the Yankees series and then Washington will be all fired up, under a new skipper, when they play in New York.
After that three game set with the Nationals, the Yankees have a funky nine-game road-trip against N.L. East teams…the Marins, Braves and Mets…three teams who have been playing about .500 ball this season…but there are some good pitchers on those teams who the Yanks may have to face…like Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Jair Jurrjens, Derek Lowe, and Johan Santana.
Come June 30th, where will the Yankees be in the A.L. East standings? Will the next two weeks be “fun time” for New York? Or, will it be a huge let-down? Or, will it just be another period in the schedule where the Yankees play .500 ball? Time will tell…