Yup, with these two losses, the Yankees have now dropped eight of their last twelve games. And, during this “run,” New York has gone from being just one-half game out of first place to now being five full games behind the Rays.
Sure, it’s early – there’s still three-quarters of the season to be played.
But, what’s really bothersome is the way Tampa Bay came into the Bronx and pushed around the Yankees in this two game set. New York may be the defending champs, but, the Rays didn’t play them yesterday or today as if that intimidated them in any way. If anything, in these two games, it was the Yankees who looked like the deer in the headlights.
I won’t go as far to say it was like men playing against boys. But, it did appear as if it was a more confident and aggresive squad against a reeling team hoping to delude their opponent with a shadow of greatness.
On the bright-side, next up for the Yankees are the Mets. And, so far, this season the Rays are to The Juggernaut as the Mets are to The Ant Hill Mob when Chug-a-Boom has a flat. (Yeah, I guess that would make Jerry Manuel out to be Penelope Pitstop.)
Just don’t lose two or more to the Mets, O.K., Yanks? ‘Cause, if you do, well…do I really have to say it? Let’s just say that the media heat may be turned up a few notches if that happens…and probably deservedly so…