The dog days of baseball are starting to come to an end and the Yankees still have yet to find a way to win consistently. With their record of 63-61 they cannot afford to keep letting close games slip through their hands. They have 38 games left to try and close some major gaps they have in both their division and in the wild card.
They are 7 games behind both the Blue Jays and the Red Sox who are tied for first place in the AL East. Both teams are playing so well that it will be hard for the Yankees to catch up with the amount of time they have left.
In their last 10 games the Red Sox have gone 8-2, while the Blue Jays have gone 6-4. These teams are power houses and it can make the big lead they already have in the division insurmountable for the Yankees. The Yankees went 5-5 in their last 10 games and that is not bad, but breaking even cannot get the job done in the division that they play in.
The competition is tough and they have not been playing well enough to stay close. The chances of the Yankees making the playoffs are getting slimmer with every loss. This team has been in trouble since the all-star break and they still are.
The Yankees made it clear that they did not want to give up on this season, but at this point in the season they cannot afford to lose at all. One loss can make a difference, but series wins and sweeps can help the team gain momentum going forward.
The Yankees have already dropped one game in their series against Seattle and tonight’s game is a must win. This series can hurt the team if they lose tonight because they will have lost another series to Seattle a team they are in the wild card race with. The Yankees are 5 games out in the wild card while Seattle is just 1 game out.
Although the Yankees still have the playoffs on their mind they also have a chance to look at how well their young players can compete against tough teams. Gary Sanchez has been making an impact on his team by hitting 2 home runs in last night’s loss to the Mariners.
Another one of their young stars Aaron Judge struggled last night going 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Judge also struggled in the first game of the series against the Angels going 0-5, but he did bounce back in the second game of that series with 2 RBI’s. As a young player he will learn to make adjustments to keep those game to game problems from turning into major hitting slumps.
The final games of the regular season are important for the Yankees regardless of what the outcome is. If they do not make it to the playoffs they got a chance to make their young players more comfortable in their system.
If they do make the playoffs they will give their young players a chance to see what a post-season environment is like giving them the experience they will need later on in their careers. The Yankees would also love to give their veterans especially Mark Teixeira a shot to win it all before the season ends.
MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.
Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.
According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.
Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.
Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team
Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.
Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.
VIDEO: Giants’ CEO Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument
A video has surfaced showing San Francisco Giants team president and CEO Larry Baer knocking his wife to the ground during a fight over a cellphone, published on TMZ.
You can see the video below.
Baer has acknowledged the incident, saying; “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cellphone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”
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