Joe Girardi gave his nightly “I believe in my guys” speech after the game. But it lacked the usual energy. Even he knows that it’s a long shot at this point.
A five-man rotation that includes Sidney Ponson, Darrell Rasner and, yes, Carl Pavano can’t be expected to win the number of games needed to overtake Boston and Minnesota.
The Yankees also have lost the ability to win on the road. They’re 4-10 in the last 14 games away from the Bronx, getting outscored 84-53.
Good take from Hideki Matsui: “I donâ€™t look at it as something difficult. Itâ€™s the reality right now. You have to accept it.â€
In other words, play the game the next day. Looking at the big picture is not going to help.
It’s off to Baltimore tomorrow. Mike Mussina was the lucky one, he got to fly ahead of the team and get some sleep. I would imagine he turned the game off early tonight.
This press release from Scranton if you’re interested in playoff tickets:
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will put tickets for all possible 2008 Governorsâ€™ Cup playoff games at PNC Field on sale Saturday, August 23rd beginning at 12 p.m. Fans can also charge tickets with any major credit card by calling the SWB Yankees Box Office at (570) 969-2255 or on line through Ticket Master at www.swbyankees.com. Tickets for the 2008 Governorsâ€™ Cup Semi-Finals and Finals will be on sale for $10 per ticket.
The 2008 International League Playoffs (all series are best 3 out of 5) will begin on September 3. If the Yankees finish the season in first place in the IL North, they would host Game 2 and if necessary Games 4 and 5. Game 3 would take place on September 5 at 7 p.m., Game 4 on September 6 at 7 p.m. and Game 5 on September 7 at 5 p.m.
If the Yankees finish as the IL wild card entry in the Governorsâ€™ Cup Playoffs they would host the first two games of the opening round series on September 3 at 7 p.m. and September 4 at 7 p.m. Gates will open one hour before first pitch of all potential Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2008 Governorsâ€™ Cup playoff games.
If the Yankees win the opening round of the playoffs and advance to the Governorsâ€™ Cup Finals, the team would be at PNC Field for Games 1 & 2 of the Governorsâ€™ Cup Finals on September 9 and 10 with both games starting at 7 p.m.