The Yankees begin a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend, and it’s gotten to the point where each series is more crucial than the next. Here’s some thoughts going into this wseries.
— The Yankees already lost their last two series between the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles. It now becomes a matter where they have to take a series against a team that’s already out of contention.
— Can the Yankees find a spark in Tampa and finally get on another role? They had done a good job coming out of the gate after the All-Star Break, but they’ve sputtered of late, beginning with the last home stand.
— The Yankees need to score more runs. It’s as simple as that. Two runs a game isn’t going to be enough to win a series and the fact the Yankees aren’t scoring runs is causing a problem for the pitching. The pitching puts a lot of pressure on themselves trying to hold slim leads and when they do blow the leads, it seems catastrophic.
— Shawn Kelley made a point on Wednesday (although at the time, it might have rubbed some people the wrong way). The Yankees might need to focus on the second Wild Card spot if they want to have any chance of making the postseason. The lead in the AL East is just too large to overcome, although anything could happen in the final month and a half in the season. The second wild card might be a more realistic task although there are multiple teams in the mix.