Taking two out of three against the Tampa Bay Rays was a huge deal. It put the Yankees in a position to still be in the Wild Card hunt and they have a month and a half to compete before the regular season is over. However, the Yankees have their flaws: their bullpen is slightly inconsistent due to being overused and the Yankees offense has struggled to score more than two runs a game (in the last two days, the Yankees scored seven runs so they’re making progress).
Following yesterday’s game, you would expect the Yankees to pat each other on the back for taking two out of three from the Rays, a series they had to win. Instead the Yankees, mainly Brett Gardner, knew this was more about self-awareness on where they are in the playoff race.
“If we had lost one or two of the last two (games), then we’d be in a much worse position than we’re in right now,” Gardner said. “We’re not where we would like to be, but we’re not far away either. A good week and things can turn around in a hurry. We’ve just got to stay positive and keep working hard. Hopefully our pitchers will keep throwing the ball well, and we’ll come together and score some runs. Hopefully it’s not too little, too late.”
The Yankees are hopeful they can finish August and September on a high note, but the keyword is ‘hopeful’. The Yankees have been on a roller coaster all season, and you have to wonder whether or not they’re able to be consistently good enough to put up a good fight. There’s 40 games left until the end of the season, and this is where the Yankees need to make their mark.
“I think for the most part we’ve got our full lineup together and healthy,” Gardner said. “I think we’re in a pretty good spot. We’ve just got to play up to expectations.”