BUFFALO — Was this a parting reward or additional of a initially night time of Hanukkah type of matter? An exorcism or an appetizer?
Both way, the Rays scouts checking Wednesday night’s motion at Sahlen Area had to think, “This is the way the Yankees appeared when they performed us!”
Of course, the Rays’ initially American League East title because 2010 grew to become formal downstate, shortly right after ten o’clock, when Tampa Bay disposed of the Mets, eight-5 at Citi Area. Just in situation the Mets had assisted out their intracity buddies, even so, the Yankees executed the old belt-and-suspenders fail-secure on Tampa Bay’s behalf by enjoying 1 of their worst games of the period, an uncomfortable, 14-1 defeat to the Blue Jays that marked their third blowout loss in four games (and finished 13 minutes right after the Mets-Rays recreation).
“We’re a much better baseball team than we confirmed out there tonight,” a clearly annoyed Aaron Boone said.
Now we can formally notate the Yankees’ regular period, COVID-shortened and all, as a disappointment, a failure to construct on previous year’s AL East crown (which was their initially because 2012). Now we convert our comprehensive awareness to no matter if the Yankees can redeem them selves — for this period, for their previous ten several years of Oct letdowns and for this godawful night time — by winning it all.
Small reply: Of study course they can. They’re superior sufficient. As this recreation exemplified, though, several obstacles await them.
Start out with the expanding probability that the Yankees will have to participate in subsequent week’s wild-card collection on the street. At 32-24, the AL’s fifth seed, they reside two games at the rear of the White Sox (34-22), who fell into the fourth seed Wednesday as the Twins (35-22) leapt over them into the AL Central penthouse. Even if the Yankees catch up to the White Sox in these closing days of the agenda, they’d shed a tiebreaker by advantage of the Chisox proudly owning a outstanding intra-divisional report (at this time 25-14) to the Yankees (23-16). The Yankees could win that tiebreaker with the Twins (23-seventeen in the AL Central), though they now path Minnesota by 2 ½ games.
Then convert to who probable would await the Yankees, if they survive the wild-card spherical, in the AL Division Sequence: The Rays, the existing top seed, who messed the Yankees up to the tune of eight-2 in ten games.
“We’ll see ’em once again,” Luke Voit vowed late Wednesday of his team’s top existing rival.
This ultra-odd campaign has considered it awfully difficult to place your finger on the pulse of a club, and the Yankees represent as huge a secret because we all wondered who framed Roger Rabbit. From the 16-6 burst out of the gate to the 5-fifteen plummet to the defibrillator-like ten- rebound to having outscored, 36-twenty in these previous four — and that’s including a twelve-1 win! — these Yankees have lacked the regularity of their prior two seasons below Boone.
This recreation exemplified the “down” parts of their roller coaster, as the Yankees committed four faults (two by Gary Sanchez and 1 each by Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit), letting down Masahiro Tanaka in a huge way, and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring posture, including having absolutely nothing out of a bases-loaded, no-outs rally in the fifth when the recreation remained winnable. No speculate Voit said, “That was not Yankee baseball at all. … It was pretty much like we had been the Negative News Bears.”
Will this mark a farewell to alarms? Have the Yankees gotten the funk out of their technique, ready to elevate from next spot to a parade?
“I know we’re capable of truly special baseball,” Boone said, “and we have acquired to obtain that.”
“The objective at the end of the yr is to win the championship and I guess the division as perfectly,” Clint Frazier said. “We did not achieve that, but we continue to have the potential to achieve the other 1.”
If regular-period disappointment begets additional Oct heartbreak, then this will go down as 1 bitter mini-period, with no claims of sweet redemption in 2021.