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Yankees: Are the Bronx Bombers coming in hot or not?

The New York Yankees have been postseason staples since 1996, missing October only once in 2008.

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New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

This season could mark a second time there is no baseball in the Bronx past September unless the Yankees start winning games.

Since 2008, only four teams have made the playoffs winning less than 90 games and not one came out of the AL East.

2008 – Dodgers – 84-78; White Sox 89-74.

2009 – Twins – 87-76

2012 – Tigers – 88-75.

The Yankees are currently four games above .500 with a 61-57 record.

With 118 games played, the Yankees have 44 games remaining to get to reach 90+ wins and in the competitive confines of the AL East that is mandatory.

Considering the first place Red Sox already have 72 wins and are 95 ahead, realistically winning one of the two AL Wild Card berths is the Yankees only way in.

And after the 14-7 spanking the Yankees gave the Halos last night, they are 5.5 games out in the AL WC standings with five teams ahead of them.

This past Sunday night, YES Networks Michael Kay asked Yankees skipper Joe Girardi, “How many games do the Yankees need to win to make the playoffs?”

Girardi answered, “A lot, 35 maybe. It might take 35 to get in.”

If Girardi is number is correct, the Yankees need 33 more wins in 44 games an unimaginable but not impossible task.

Anxious Yankees fans will know what this team’s imminent future is by the end of August.

Following the two remaining games vs. the Angels, the Yankees schedule is entirely against AL East teams through September 1.

2013 NYY Schedule - 08/14 - 09/01
DATE
TIME
OPPONANT
WHERE
WATCH
8/14/137:05 PMAngels at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/15/131:05 PMAngels at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: MLBN -- YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/16/137:10 PMYankees at Red SoxFenway ParkLocal TV: MLBN -- MY9 ----- Local Radio: WCBS 880 -- WADO 1280
8/17/134:05 PMYankees at Red SoxFenway ParkLocal TV: FOX ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/18/138:05 PMYankees at Red SoxFenway ParkLocal TV: ESPN ----- Local Radio: WCBS 880 -- WADO 1280
8/20/131:05 PMBlue Jays at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/20/137:05 PMBlue Jays at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: MY9 ----- Local Radio: WCBS 880 -- WADO 1280
8/21/137:05 PMBlue Jays at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/22/131:05 PMBlue Jays at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WCBS 880 -- WADO 1280
8/23/137:10 PMYankees at RaysTropicana FieldLocal TV: MY9 ----- Local Radio: WCBS 880 -- WADO 1280
8/24/137:10 PMYankees at RaysTropicana FieldLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/25/131:40 PMYankees at RaysTropicana FieldLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/26/137:07 PMYankees at Blue JaysRogers CentreLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WCBS 880 -- WADO 1280
8/27/137:07 PMYankees at Blue JaysRogers CentreLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/28/137:07 PMYankees at Blue JaysRogers CentreLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/30/137:05 PMOrioles at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: YES -- MLBN ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
8/31/131:05 PMOrioles at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: MLBN -- YES ----- Local Radio: WADO 1280 -- WCBS 880
9/1/131:05 PMOrioles at YankeesYankee StadiumLocal TV: YES ----- Local Radio: WCBS 880 -- WADO 1280

Inter-divisional match-ups are always tough, as teams are very familiar with each other but even more so at this point in the season.

The Yankees task gets even harder due to the superiority within the AL East, as four of the five teams are in postseason contention.

The 2013 season isn’t exactly a death sentence yet, as many Yankees fans have deemed it, but it is a big hill to climb.

The bats are starting to get hot, but the starting pitching has to be better as the bullpen has been worn to shreds due to the rotation’s inefficiency.

Hiroki Kuroda has without question been the team’s ace, MVP and anything else positive you can say about a pitcher.

Kuroda has had help from a transformed Ivan Nova.

Nova has been a stud throwing seven or more innings in his last six starts, giving up eight earned runs, two homers, while striking out 44 batters.

This leaves the season fate on the arms of Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes.

In my opinion, the Yankees chance of clinching a Wild Card spot depends on these three pitchers throwing effectively again.

Since the All-Star Break, Hughes, Pettitte and Sabathia have made 14 starts combined, giving up 54 earned runs, 13 homers, and 28 walks.

Opposing batters are posting a .345 batting average vs. the three, who have an ERA of 6.80.

The trio has struck out 51 batters, which is less than the number of earned runs allowed.

Bottom line is the starting pitching will dictate whether there will be October baseball played in the Bronx in 2013.

“Well we really don’t have a plan B. We didn’t expect for the first plan to work. Sometimes you can over plan these things.” – !THREE AMIGOS!

 

 

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