And … well, there’s really no way you’d expect the Yankees to get here after losing three of the Orioles out of four, of all teams, of all places.
But it was here on Monday night, ready to play their first game at Sahalen Field and their first game as a third-place team this year. Somehow, surprised, he entered the American League as the No. 8 seed on Monday. He has an injured list All-Star team for a second straight year. For the second straight year they rely on artists of impropriety who have not seized the day as they did the previous year.
“The league knows these people now,” said Aaron Hicks, hours before the Yanke-Jas series began. “It knows who these people are coming from. But it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, you have to win over the people you have.”
Okay. Now take a deep breath.
If it was a normal year? Sure. Finishing eighth in the playoff hunt will be a problem. But, as we have mentioned a few times this year: This is not a normal year. It is nowhere close to a normal year. The Yankees – even fewer Yankees – should be able to shut down only two AL teams that are also in the hunt behind them – Detroit and Baltimore, better teams this year but both teams do well in more than 100 games this year. Lost from
This year, as in any year, when you’re thinking of the Yankees, the old lottery commercial channel.
in it to win it.
“We have to start playing better, every game is important,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Nothing changes the urgency and importance of each game. I like our intensity and energy for the last few days. We need to strike a balance between being energized and not enamored with results. If we can do that and the result of the lineup will follow. ”
And, frankly, right now, a number 8 seed doesn’t seem nearly as intimidating as it could be. Across town, the Mets will now sign the No. 8 seed in the NL – but that would mean the best two-three date with the Dodgers, which has clearly been the best team in all of baseball prior to the season in 5 ½ weeks.
Even if they are a number 8 seed, they attract rays. And, yes: The Rays are owned by Yankee this year. The Yankees scramble against Tampa. And of course, there are a lot of hard feelings on both teams. It will be one of an emotional two-three.
But the Yankees should also be full force by then. And while the Yankees have been at full strength, for the stolen segment of the season, that’s just what we expect from them – which is what the Dodgers say.
Also, as we said: it’s two-three in the first round.
The Yankees with Gerrit Cole as the No. 1 starter.
Suddenly, things don’t look so bleak, do they?
“We need to relax, be ourselves and we need to produce. We definitely have a team that can do that,” said Hicks. “But we have only three weeks to do it. We believe we are still a team that can do this. ”
Now, here is one of the important things to consider: They have to start winning some of these games. And it would go a long way to the Yankees’ confidence if they could make a statement here at Buffalo against the young, swing-the-heels Jays, who enter the season with zero expectations and mostly like a team Play. Time of its life.
They have been fun to watch.
For the Yankees, it’s still fun to be in this season. Still likely. Right to ship. Be healthy And just get into the baby. in it to win it. Now start the mantra.