So, after an 8-game win streak, the Yankees have
failed against the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx and the Texas Rangers in
Arlington, Texas. For the last six
games, they have a 1-5 record to show for it.
That’s not exactly the way to win friends and influence enemies. Now the Yanks head for St. Petersburg, FL, to
face the second place Tampa Bay Rays who stand only .5 games behind the Yankees
in the AL East Standings. The Rays are
confident, and even the Boston Red Sox have to have a renewed sense they can
catch the Yankees.
GM Brian Cashman knew that the starting pitching
would be the Yankees’ Achilles Heel, and of course, had he been successful in
capturing Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners, things would look very
differently in the AL East standings.
Even Ted Lilly could have made a difference. So, the Yanks prepare for their AL East
showdown with the Rays, who figure to have the advantage due to their starting
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Game 1 will feature CC Sabathia against fellow Cy
Young candidate David Price in what should be a marquee pitching duel. The Yankees need a victory, and this game is probably
the single most important game of the season if the Yanks want to win the
division. It is not the end of the world
if they lose, but the Rays have a chance to make a huge statement in this
series. They are a very good team, no
doubt, and they do have the horses to capture the AL East flag. Watching the Rockies win their 10th
in a row tonight thanks to ex-Yankee Jason Giambi is proof positive that
someone, anyone, can stand up and deliver.
Now is the time for those unsung heroes of the 2010 Yankees to shine.
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Of all the missed opportunities this weekend, the
one that sticks out most in my mind is when the Yankees had the bases loaded in
the top of the 13th inning on Saturday night. The Yankees catcher was Chad Moeller and he
ended the inning with no runs in a game that the Rangers won in the bottom of
the inning. A healthy Jorge Posada could
have made such a difference, but it really exposed that the Yankees don’t have
anything behind Francisco Cervelli until Jesus Montero and/or Austin Romine are
ready for the major leagues.
Oh well, all things considered, the Yankees are in
great shape on September 12th.
Regardless of whether they go into the play-offs as AL East Champions or
the Wild Card, they’ll be ready for October baseball. Andy Pettitte should be back in the rotation
and even if he’s not in the starting rotation, Javier Vazquez should be a high
quality long man.
The Yankees just need to keep doing what they’ve
been doing since April. The team is good
and they need to understand that and continue to persevere. This is the time that makes champions…