Thank goodness for the Kansas City Royals. Without their win against the Red Sox on Monday, with this Yankees loss, New York would have been just 3 games up, in the loss column, on Boston. As it is, the gap stands at four.
Don’t get me wrong, the Yankees are going to make the post-season this year. They will win one game out of their next 11 contests – or, the Texas Rangers will lose one game out of their next 13 contests. And, once that happens, New York will clinch a play-off spot.
But, should Boston pass New York in the A.L. East standings, before the season is over, it’s going to leave a mental scar on the team. The Yankees were 6.5 games out of first on May 12th. They fought their way into first place and had a 9 game lead as recent as September 9th. New York has spent the last 77 calendar days in first place. To choke it up, at the end of the year, and back-in to the post-season via the Wildcard is going to leave a mark, for sure, if it happens…
At least Andy Pettitte looked good, overall, in this game. I wonder if he took a shot last week? And, I wonder how he’ll do his next time out? Fingers crossed!
By the way, the Yankees are 5-18 at Angels Stadium in the last five seasons. And, Chad Gaudin and A.J. Burnett start the next two games there for the Yankees. Do I hear five and twenty?