New York Yankees Must Start Winning To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Derek Jeter

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Nightmare is a pretty apt word that describes the New York Yankees‘ season thus far.

Alex Rodriguez is on the verge of being suspended, and their captain Derek Jeter just recently went on the DL for the third time this season. They are currently 9.5 games behind their arch-rival, the Boston Red Sox, and five behind the Texas Rangers in the Wild Card race.

Even the return of Alex Rodriguez didn’t do the Yankees any good as they fell to the Chicago White Sox 8-1.

If there is a light at the end of the tunnel, at least the Yankees scored a run — that’s how bad the year has been. It’s pretty bad when a 38-year-old guy coming off multiple surgeries that hasn’t played the entire season is batting cleanup in his first game back. That’d be A-Rod, of course.

Tuesday night is a must-win for the Bronx Bombers, and it’s a good thing because they will be sending out their ace Hiroki Kuroda, who has a 10-6 record with a remarkable 2.38 ERA. Meanwhile, the last-place White Sox will send Chris Sale to the mound. Sale has had a good season despite a 6-11 record with a 2.92 ERA.

The Yankees should bounce back in impressive fashion with a win tonight, as a masterful pitching performance from Kuroda will be the key to victory. If the Yankees have any plans of reaching the postseason in 2013, the time to start winning is now.

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