Just 21 games ago, on August 5th, the Yankees were in 1st place – up by a game. And, now, they’re 2 games back of first, looking up at Boston.
Then again, since New York has gone 10-10 in their last 20 games, should we be surprised by this?
It’s the pitching. In their last 20 games, the Yankees ERA is 5.00 (in 176.3 IP)
In any event, the Yankees will make the post-season this year. But, what happens there – especially if they pitch like they have lately – will be ugly. We – meaning Yankees fans – should go into October with ZERO expectations and just take the good, if it comes, and be happy with that.
Don’t count on #28 happening this year. Sure, anything can happen – but, the odds are really against it happening this year – with this starting rotation.
Now, that all said…
The Yankees do close out the season with 9 games against the Red Sox and Rays. And, if the wildcard chase gets closer before that time, Boston and Tampa could knock the Yankees out of the post-season. If that happens, it would be a huge collapse by the Yankees…really, major, bad news.