For the first time this season, you got the sense in the clubhouse that the Yankees realize they’re in trouble.
The rotation is in shambles, the schedule includes only 19 more home games and they’re falling further behind at a time when they usually get on a roll.
“No question. 49 games remaining? Every game is important,” Alex Rodriguez said. “We’ve been in this situation before. We just can’t go into panic. We have to play with a lot of urgency and take every game like it’s the last.”
Joe Girardi: “We have to find a way to put another streak together and weâ€™ve got to do it fairly quickly.”
Johnny Damon: “It’s critical now. We’re six and a half out and this road trip is very important.”
Now the Yankees send Sir Sidney out tomorrow night against a team that can’t stand him and scored seven runs against him on July 2. The Yankees have to come ready to hit against the legendary Tommy Hunter.
UPDATE, 1:04 a.m.: Forgot to mention this stuff before. Mo was available tonight. In fact, he was so spry that he spent most of BP wrestling with Edwar Ramirez in the outfield. … Meanwhile in Tampa, Hideki Matsui took 25 cuts in the cage with his new brace on his left knee. He told the AP he felt good.
Shameless plug: I’ll be on WFAN at 1:40 a.m. tonight.