The Yankees went to Fenway Park for a four game series with the Red Sox with a major opportunity in their hands as they were down 5.5 GB in the A.L East. Everyone knows what happened after that and it nearly made me sick. If we just could have salvaged that one game yesterday, nothing would be nearly as bad, but blowing a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth when you’re already on a losing streak is brutal.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 6, 2018
The division is over. No other division leader has as big of a lead as the Red Sox right now (9.5 games). They’re on pace for 113 wins, and with the way they’re playing right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if they eclipsed the Mariners record of 116 wins. We’ll see if they can continue domination into the playoffs (I don’t think they will).
As a Yankee fan, the truth is that the division was over before last night’s disaster. It was over after the first three games of the series. As sad as it is, the focus needs to be the wild card. Right now, the Yanks are up 2.5 games on the Oakland A’s, and 5 on the Mariners. They need to make sure the keep home field for that one game playoff game. It’s as simple as that.
Every single Yankee fan is forgetting the fact that the 2017 Yankees were one game away from the World Series with a much worse roster as wild card team. As disappointing as it is to not win the division (and trust me I’m really angry at that), the season is not over by any means.
I’m usually very negative when it comes to this stuff, and I do think Aaron Boone is being TOO POSTIVE about everything, but there is a need for some positivity here. The Yankees still have the third best record in baseball with nearly two months to play.
Yes, I would have liked Boone to somewhat acknowledge how bad this weekend was rather than just saying that “this season won’t define us.” I wish we could have Joe Girardi for the rest of the season because the Yankees and this young group need a veteran manager right now. However, look at the upcoming schedule for the Yankees:
These are some very winnable games coming up here. All of these teams aside from the Rays are in fourth or fifth place of their division. In this span, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez will also hopefully come back. There’s plenty of time to gain momentum in time for that wild card game.
Every good team goes through these patches. Now if we start dropping 2/3 to the White Sox and then 3/4 to the Rangers, I’ll be back here singing a different tune. For now though, it’s not time to panic.