The Yankees have been an incredibly inconsistent bunch all year long and it’s getting to the point where it’s coming down to the wire on whether they will make the postseason or not. There are 38 games left to play, the Yankees offense has had it’s woes and the bullpen is suddenly shaky. Girardi wouldn’t put blame on his bullpen, but he’s acknowledged that the offense has to get it going.
“We’ve got to find a way to score more than two runs,” Girardi said. “It’s hard to win when you only score two runs. Our pitching has been pretty good, but that’s a tall task. … If we don’t play better, we can’t get there.”
The Yankees are 9.5 games out of first place and they’re a full 5 games back in the second AL Wild Card spot. They’ve lost seven of their last nine and if they don’t play better, the only thing they’ll be doing in September is saying goodbye to Derek Jeter.
“We’re not where we want to be at, but we’ve still got 38 games,” Brett Gardner said. “You can make up five games in a week, and we still got five weeks left, five and a half weeks left. We’ve got time to make it up, we’ve just got to play better. That’s it.”
There was talk last night of Joe Girardi possibly shuffling the lineup, since the Yankees haven’t been able to score runs. However, the problem is you don’t want to move Gardner, Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury from the top three slots, considering they have been the most consistent bats all year.
“Gardner’s been pretty good in the 1-slot,” Girardi said. “Ellsbury’s done a pretty good job in the 3slot — we’ve been forced to (hit him there) because of some of the things that have happened physically here. And you can think about putting him 1, but then where do you put Gardner? Then where do you put Jeter? Those three guys have been our most consistent hitters all year, and you definitely don’t want to lefties back to back.
“… These guys, they work at it every day. They work at getting better every day, and it’s just not happening.”
The Yankees need to find a way to play better, than they can start this afternoon. However, if they continue to struggle, they could kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.