The Yankees are a team that tend to get on a hot and cold streak. They’d either be red-hot and thriving or ice-cold and lethargic. The Yankees recently are on an ice-cold streak and they chose the wrong time to do so. There are only 41 games left in the 2014 season and the Yankees don’t have the room to suddenly fall further behind in the Wild Card race.
The Yankees know that they’re struggling and they know that September is right around the corner which prompted Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner to say this following last night’s 5-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays:
“We’re running out of time. Every day that goes by and we don’t win makes us one step closer to being home at the end of September.”
Gardner has been the most consistent bat in the Yankees lineup but he’s currently in a little funk. It’d be completely understandable…if everyone else in the lineup wasn’t going through the same funk as well. Gardner is usually the Yankees spark plug and who knows, maybe his words will be a wake up call to his team. If they play poorly, they will go home at the end of September. If they can step it up, they might have a chance at the second Wild Card spot. It all depends how the Yankees decide to play from here on out.
The Yankees missed out on the playoffs last season when Mariano Rivera decided to retire–and it might happen again with Derek Jeter following right behind his fellow Core Four member. It would be a shame if Derek Jeter’s final game was the last game of the regular season.