Tonight is a must-win for the New York Yankees in a marquee pitching matchup between Hiroki Kuroda and the Chicago White Sox‘ Chris Sale. The Yanks got smoked last night as Andy Pettitte only lasted two and a third innings, while giving up seven runs on a staggering 11 hits. The White Sox had lost their last 10 games and should have been a pushover against a team that is looking to make a playoff run.
The Yankees could have started the month of August off with a bang against two sub-.500 teams, but instead lost two of three to the San Diego Padres and lost their first game against a team that was 29 games below an even record before last night. There have been plenty of what were seemingly pivotal victories for the Yanks, but it is getting later and later into the season and losing a series to the Sox would be unacceptable.
The Yankees are only five games out of the second wildcard spot, but there are also three teams ahead of them, all vying for that slot. Sadly, at this point, those teams are better than the Yankees as well. What has kept the Yanks from anonymity has been their pitching, but that has started to fall off. The offense has not been there all season as well and doesn’t seem to be coming around.
The Yankees could go on an inexplicable 10-game win streak and put themselves in a better position to actually make the postseason, but so far, they haven’t won a series in the second half of the season and there is nothing that indicates they will go on a much-needed tear. The Yankees will probably just go through the motions until the end of the season and lean on their injury riddled roster as an excuse.