What stands out the most in my mind, this past week, besides Derek Jeter breaking the record for most hits in a Yankees career – which is the story of the week, by the way – was that the defending league champion Tampa Bay Rays came into Yankeeland and lost four games in a row to New York.
In fact, when you take the four games that the Rays played before that set with the Yankees, and the three games that they have played since, you’ll see that Tampa Bay currently has an 11-game losing streak going for themselves.
And, overall the Rays have lost 16 of their last 21 games – going from being just 3 games back of the Red Sox, in the Wildcard chase, to being 12 1/2 games behind Boston. Imagine losing about 10 games in the standings in a span of three weeks? Talk about a free fall…
The Yankees last three games of the season are at Tampa Bay. Hopefully, the Yankees will have clinched the A.L. East about four days before that series…making it a “Spring Training” like match for New York…because it will be for the Rays…for sure.
But, Tampa should be back next year…and the Yankees should not lose sight of that.