Somebody may want to remind the New York Yankees that they are still in the race for an AL Wild Card spot.
In a week where they play two sub-.500 teams, the Yankees have dropped the first two games in a three-game series to the Houston Astros. As you can imagine, that surely will not help the Yankees’ Wild Card chances. They now find themselves five games back of the Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card.
Numerous members of the franchise have come out and said they need to pick it up offensively, including principal owner and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and first baseman Mark Teixeira. However, the words have not transitioned into results for the team that has a -43 run differential.
It does not just end with the hitting. The team’s bullpen has given up late leads in the previous two games, including a three-run home run in the top of the ninth in Tuesday’s game. Michael Pineda pitched six good innings, the bullpen gave up three more runs that the Yankees’ low-scoring offense could not respond to in the later innings.
The Yankees are quickly slipping from the playoff race with every loss, and being 3-7 in the last 10 contests speaks volumes for the level of play they have been showing. If they do not get out of this slump of theirs, they can kiss the playoffs goodbye. Things would surely get interesting for both the front office and players if their offseason begins at the end of September.