In order to get there, the Red Sox had to beat the Yankees seven out of the eight times they have played this season.
Wow, sounds like the Red Sox owe the Yankees a dinner?
Well that I can promise will not be happening anytime soon, but the last time Boston swept through the Bronx it was in the middle of a six-game losing streak for the Yankees, so it needs to end ASAP.
Certainly looks like it, but before that happens let me break down three facts that have bothered me, as all this was really avoidable:
- Just imagine if the Yankees had not dropped all seven games and pretend they lost six to Boston, would things be different? Yes because the two teams would be tied for first place, so losing six or five games not seven could have kept the Yankees in first, alone.
- Fact is neither team is better than the other this season that is until they face each other. and the Yankees looked shell-shocked. On paper, the Yankees have not gotten even close to their full potential with their bats just look at their .251 batting average. Cano and A-Rod are bound or more like have to get hot, when is the question. When they do add that to Granderson and Teixeira, better watch-out!
- Yes, looking at the past two games the Yankees pitching struggled, but so has the Red Sox. On Tuesday night, the 2010 CY Young candidate and Boston ace Jon Lester pitched horrifically. So did Freddy Garcia, but the difference is the Red Sox bats took advantage of the weakness instead of letting it set the tone. This is something the Yankees don’t do against any other team but Boston, so this is getting in the players heads. What worries me even more is that 44-year-old journeyman Tim Wakefield stayed in the game for six innings, as he got the best of the Yankee hitters and the win. No offense to Wakefield, but this iced the cake and losing this game is just unacceptable when the result is first or second place.
Huuummmmm…. does this whole scenario sound a tad familiar?
Yes, as this tune has played in Yankee Universe back in 2009, but is the above that kind of déjà vu?
Guess the best thing to do is hope it plays out the same way, but even with the odds against this theory there is no harm in having a little faith.
Whether they can utilize the losses, add it to the utter embarrassment and translate it into anger is what needs to happen next.
Being a Yankee fan, the team loves the drama and this includes hitting rock bottom…. hard.
So, don’t be surprised if the Yankees get swept in this series because in all honesty this might be the kick in the face, as the Red Sox already have kicked them everywhere else this season.
With a win tonight, the Red Sox leave tied for first but if the season ended right after that, the Yankees percentage wise would be the AL East winners, so let’s hope they can man-up.
I will finish with a quote from a Yankees skipper with seven World Series rings, the great Casey Stengel:
“Most games are lost, not won.” ~Casey Stengel
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