Derek Jeter’s final season now has no chance of ending with an AL East title. “It’s frustrating,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Monday night’s loss.
Chris Young stole home in his latest surprising September performance, and the New York Yankees beat AL East-leading Baltimore 3-2 Saturday, ending the Orioles’ longest winning streak of the season at six.
Even the Bombers acknowledge they are running out of time. With just 20 games remaining, they have a 5½-game deficit to overcome for the AL’s second wild card.
The Yankees honored their glorious recent past by celebrating the retiring Derek Jeter in an elaborate ceremony prior to their latest game. The present doesn’t look anywhere near as good.
Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann are in decline. It’s as simple as that.
The Yankees are entering the final month of the season with three teams to pass in the AL wild-card race. Their longest remaining homestand begins Tuesday night against Boston.
The Yankees finished a poor trip in strong fashion as they return home to face two fourth-place teams. The Houston Astros, however, may not be pushovers.
Maybe Yankees manager Joe Girardi got lucky with his 26th career ejection: He didn’t have to watch from the dugout as New York blew a late lead in a painful defeat.
The Yanks still have hope, and thus they’re rushing a pitcher back from the DL. The Mets, as usual, think about next year with a prize prospect. It’s like night and day.
Derek Jeter would hate to slip into retirement without one last foray into the postseason, yet with every defeat comes the realization that his final season could end before October.
Brett Gardner, raking at the dish, has unquestionably been the Bombers’ MVP, especially considering Masahiro Tanaka’s recent absence. But a huge test awaits.
The job he’s doing in his seventh year is perhaps the best of his career. Joe Girardi has managed to keep this undermanned team on the edge of contention, with an assist from his GM.
“I think we’re going to compete. I think we’re improved,” Brian Cashman said after Thursday’s trade deadline. “We’re going to find out if it’s enough or not.”
Deadline day started with a bang and then an aftershock. The Boston Red Sox are without question going to look totally different in 2015.
Matched up against the Blue Jays for the second time in a week, Chase Whitley had the worst start of his short career.