I’ve had a pretty busy but good day today – I’ve been working since 10am and just finished 10 minutes ago (8:30) and I was finally able to check the results of today’s game against the Rays – a 9-7 loss in the top of the ninth when the Rays scored 4 runs in the top of the ninth to break a 5-5 tie and take a 9-5 lead.
The Yankees managed to score 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough.
Now, the Rays are 3-0 at the stadium this year – the Red Sox have also won 3 games at the stadium this year. So far against the elite of the AL, the Yankees are 2-12 – 0-6 against the sox and 2-6 against the Rays.
The Yankees have done a great job against the elite of the AL Central and West Divisions – shoot they took 4 of 6 against the Rangers this season, swept the Twins and took two of three from both the Angels and the Tigers.
Despite all this, what counts are the Yankees records against their division rivals, the Rays and Red Sox. The Yankees have the pleasure of facing each team 18 times this season, 36 total or 22% of the total games they play this season. Through a third of those games – 12 – the Yankees are 2-12, or a .166 winning percentage.
Chances are the Wild Card team will come from the AL East – its the most stacked division talent-wise and in my mind has four of the top 10 teams in the AL in it. That means if the Yankees are to make it to the postseason, they are most likely going to face one of those teams in the AL Championship.
Joe Girardi is a great manager – but he needs to figure out how to get this team to make it happen when it counts. And it counts when you face Tampa Bay or Boston.