In addition the Yankees are no longer in first place in the AL East, a place they have sat the entire season up until now but the Rays are now two games ahead in the standings.
Are the Yankees slumping?
When a team is not winning as much as they are losing then yes that would be considered slumping; which is the current state of the Yankees who have lost seven of their last 10 games.
This happens to every team at one point in the season, if not two or three. The Yankees are not a total wreck, as they are just not connecting on all fronts but they are not terrible just yet.
Still, no one throws the Yankees a bone; specifically the media that continue to support the Twins and Rangers with a bevy of excuses and reasons that things will get better.
Here are the Yankees headlines:
By Wallace Matthews ESPN New York
By Dave Caldwell New York Times
New York Post
By John Harper New York Daily News
Just a sample of what is to come before Saturday’s game, but it seems that the Yankees are being written off pretty fast.
This is not new for the Yankees who are used to reading and hearing a lot of negative very quickly and it usually seems to get the team winning again, because that is what the Yankees do best.
Becket shut down the Yankees just a month ago, but in his career the Yankees have always had the upper hand against Beckett.
No doubt both teams need this win, but the Yankees don’t want to go to the same place the Red Sox just were because crawling out of a hole is never fun, nor easy.
Unlike most of the ‘experts’ I have not thrown in the towel on the Yankees yet, not even close.
Aside from being a life-long Yankees fan, history proves that counting out the New York Yankees is probably not the best idea.
- Yankees’, Red Sox’s struggles not surprising or enduring (aol.sportingnews.com)
- Game 39: Game RED SOX vs. Yankees (cmdyankees.wordpress.com)
- Sweet-swinging Gonzalez helps Red Sox beat Yankees (reuters.com)
- Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees 05/13, 05/14, 05/15 Series Preview (thebostonsportslist.com)
- Yankees – Red Sox: Positional Preview (timesunion.com)