Big comeback win by the Yankees today. Let’s get excited about it. But, don’t lose sight of the fact that they had to comeback because they allowed themselves to fall into a deep hole, against the last place Blue Jays, in the game as well. Basically, they saved their own rears in this one.
And, of course, Baltimore, the team that everyone expects to stop winning, keeps winning. That said, at this point, you should start expecting the O’s to win everyday.
Now, Boston comes into New York. The Red Sox have lost 23 of their last 30 games. Yes, Boston is 7-23 in their last thirty. They suck.
It will be Clay Buchholz against CC Sabathia, Jon Lester versus Ivan Nova (or someone else), and Daisuke Matsuzaka taking on Hiroki Kuroda. (Japan is going to love that one.)
Will the Red Sox continue to tank their games, they way they have over their last thirty? Or, will they play these games like it was the World Series?
The Orioles, meanwhile, head to Tampa Bay for three games. The first contest there is the biggest since the Rays are still “live” in the wildcard case for that one. But, if they lose, or, if the A’s win later that night, then Tampa Bay is done. And, after that, I fully expect the Rays to play dead for the Orioles over the last two games.
The Yankees need to win at least two from the Red Sox – and maybe three games. If not, then it’s wildcard city for New York. And, it may even be “head to Oakland” time if the Rangers play dead for the A’s to close out the season.
How do you go from a 10-game lead on July 18th to backing in as the second wildcard team? OK, I know how…
I just don’t know how you’re supposed to feel good about it, if you’re the Yankees.