The loss against the Dodgers Wednesday night really put the New York Yankees in a precarious position and the bottom line is, they shouldn’t have let it slip. With only 17 games left and two games out in the hotly contested wildcard race, they just can’t afford to lose winnable games like they did not only on Wednesday but this past weekend at Tampa too. Following the loss, Baltimore, Seattle, Detroit, and Toronto are all back and the picture, meaning there is little room for error.
The Yankees now head on their final 11-game road trip of the season, which starts in Boston on Thursday night (15/09/2016) and sees them make stops at Fenway, Tampa, and Toronto. On Wednesday against the Dodgers, the Yanks pitchers were up for the task against ace Clayton Kershaw. At first, New York favorite Michael Pineda alongside three relievers held their own by keeping the Dodgers scoreless for their first eight innings. However, it all came crumbling in the ninth when the defense made mistakes that often keep teams off the playoffs.
Popular second baseman Starlin Castro for instance, came up short with a backhand on a playable shot from Dodger Corey Seager. After shifting to third, another Dodger Justin Turner would go to score when Dellin Betances awkwardly threw home on a comebacker. Even though the Yankees manager Joe Girardi after the game said Betances’ large 6-foot-8 frame does make it difficult sometimes for him to make such plays, it proved to be somewhat irrelevant for the eager fans as the Yankees just couldn’t score.
Chances of Making the Playoffs:
It is games like this that could come back to haunt Girardi this offseason – games they should have easily won, but they didn’t. The same reason why Yankee fans and players alike could potentially be watching from the outside come October; if the streak continues. All hope is not lost, though, and mathematically, New York is still alive in the division. To win, the Yankees would require a historic finish which means going 5-2 against the Red Sox in their seven series matchup – no mean feat to achieve, but possible. There are a few promotions running that you can take advantage of, with several betting sites offers available for new customers wanting to back the Yankees.. The Yankees also have to try and get the final three games against the Baltimore Orioles to stand a chance of making the playoffs.
Better Times Ahead?
At only two games out, the playoff dream seems so close, yet so far if the losses like the one against the Dodgers are anything to go by. Fortunately, fans can look forward to better times with the news that former Oakland Athletics and free agent baseman – Billy Butler – is coming to town. The 30-year old Butler and New York Yankees have reached an agreement according to multiple sources, and hence promising to add experience thanks to a notable 10-year stint in the league. Before becoming a free agent, the baseman was hitting .276 with 31 RBI’s and four homers to go along with it in 85 games. While he was playing in a reduced role in his second season with the A’s, Butler is an above average player who could work some of his magic in New York.