Finally, the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2; and they did it at Tropicana Field, which ESPN’s Matt Ehalt nicknamed the Yankees “House of Horrors.”
The Yankees certainly cut it close, as it is getting almost too late.
From being riddled with injuries, to blowing a 10-game division lead in the course of a month, the Yankees held a much-needed team meeting following Tuesday’s, 5-2, loss. And you can bet that sharing first-place with Baltimore didn’t sit too well in the closed-door session.
See, collapsing isn’t supposed to happen in the Bronx, as that kind-of-stuff is for Queens and Boston, not to the mighty Yankees.
So not only is Yankee Universe have to play better, but adapting to their new reality of having to go and fight all over again if they want to play in the postseason.
Fact is that this Yankees team can still win, as these players have without question proven that this season.
How can the Yankees do this?
Hitting and homeruns have been this team’s strength, as when the Yankee line-up is hot they win games and beat teams.
Just think about it… if you take away anyone/anything’s greatest asset, his or her mediocrity gets unavoidably exploited.
Problem now is that time is not on the Yankees side, and the only way to crawl out of the hole they have dug themselves into is to do what worked before.
And that is win games with their bats.
So, can the Yankees get themselves hot again?
Well, that is easier said than done but the Yankees have enough experience to figure it out and this drought has gone on long enough that getting hot could be now.
The Yankees start a four-game set against the Orioles tonight, and if they want the AL East it is ripe for the taking.
“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” - Zig Ziglar