The Yankees were eliminated from the American League East division series last night, and technically it’s only a matter of time before they’re eliminated from the Wild Card. The media was expecting someone, anyone to give an ‘end-of-the-season’ address and frankly to no one’s surprise, Brett Gardner held court by his locker, discussing the Yankees frustrations on how the season has gone for them.
“I feel like things have been slipping away for a few weeks,” Gardner said. “To be honest, I haven’t looked at the standings the last couple of days because at this point they don’t really matter. We’ve got to win every day. Until we’re five, six, seven games out with five, six, seven games to go and eliminated, I’m still going to hold out hope, and I still believe in the group of guys we have here. I still come to work every day and play hard, but like I said, we’re not in a good spot right now, and it’s a shame because our pitchers have really stepped up the last couple of months and done a good job. As an offense, we haven’t.”
Gardner has a point about the offense; sure Shawn Kelley blew the lead in last night’s 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, but the problem was the offense was unable to get anything going. The bullpen had been trying to preserve tiny leads for six months, and it’s understandable that fatigue has begun to set in.
“As well as we’ve pitched, we didn’t need to be great (offensively),” Gardner said. “We just needed to be good. And we haven’t been.”
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