Tampa Bay, which has made the playoffs three of the past four seasons — twice as division champions — trailed by 10½ games at the end of play on July 18.
New York opened its largest lead of the year that day (10 games) but is 19-26 since. The Yankees’ biggest cushion in a season in which they failed to finish first was six games in 1933, according to STATS LLC.
Since divisional play began in 1969, New York has advanced to the postseason each of the last 15 times it has been in first place at the start of September.
The Yankees, who have lost five of six, finished with six hits. It was the fifth consecutive games they’ve been held to six or fewer — their longest such stretch since going six straight from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 1990.
It just gets worse and worse each day in Yankeeland.
The Yankees are sooooo lucky that the Giants start the NFL season today. Otherwise, all the local media coverage would be on them.