The New York Yankees missed out on a opportunity to capitalize on gaining ground in the American League East race and now it looks as if it’s going to take a showdown series in Baltimore to decide where the Yankees future lies.
The Yankees are six games out of first coming into tonight and they are debating back and forth whether to go for the Wild Card or to go for the division. Joe Girardi obviously still has his sights on the division but if the Yankees really want their eyes set on first place, they need to take advantage of this series.
The best case scenario for the Yankees is if they sweep the series, putting them only three games out of first place. The worst case scenario has the Orioles sweeping the Yankees and the Yankees being nine games in back of first place. The Yankees control their destiny in this series, and they’re going to have to get a lethargic offense going. Aside from the Yankees 10-6 win over the Indians on Friday night, the offense has been inconsistent .And If not for Jacoby Ellsbury‘s home run in yesterday’s game, the Yankees would have been shut out in back-to-back games.
There’s no secret the Yankees need to help the stating pitching, and there’s no secret the Yankees could use Michael Pineda, who could possibly return to the rotation on Wednesday at the earliest, but these three games might have a playoff feel. For the next three days, these three games are the playoffs for the Yankees. It will determine whether they’re a serious contender…or if they’re more of a pretender.