Is it a little too late for the Yankees?
For the past couple of weeks, the New York Yankees have been in a downward stretch. Teams like the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays have been able to beat the Yankees into submission. Teams like the Boston Red Sox are sitting back and watching the latest struggles from their rivals. And a team like the Yankees know trouble when they see it—and boy are they in trouble.
The Yankees have not been able to get onto a winning streak and nothing has been working for them. On days where the offense decides to wake up, the starting pitching gives up a plethora of runs. On days when the starting pitching is dominant, the offense falls into a deep slumber. The Yankees are not able to hit with RISP and they look so lifeless against pitchers, that it seems as if Nolan Ryan is pitching against them. In the end, it seems the Yankees are worn out—and this could very well be the end of the Yankees for the 2012 season.
The Yankees usually are able to own the Orioles, but lately the Orioles are outdoing the Yankees in almost everything imaginable. The Rays play small ball, the Orioles know how to get runs in via the HR ball and both teams have exceptional pitching. It seems that the injury bug has caught up to them. Injuries to key players such as Brett Gardner, Mariano Rivera and Mark Teixeira make the Yankees change the dynamics of their game to rely on HR’s to win ball games. But it’s September 8th. The Yankees only play 24 games left in the season, so if the Yankees want to make a run for the playoffs, now is the time to get hot. The problem is—is it a little too late for the Yankees, or could they make a resurgence? Everything is up to them. Just last month it seemed the Yankees were a shoe in for the play-offs but now if the Yankees don’t get their acts together they could be spending a postseason at home—which is rare for this team.