It was Alex Rodriguez, in the minutes after Tuesday night’s win, who seemed to see this road trip for what it was.
“We’ve been in some dogfights the past four or five days and come up on the short end,” he said. “I think the long and short is, it’s hard to go 162 games and not run into a wall. We’d been able to avoid that all year until now.”
He was right. And he’s still right. There’s a reason every other team in baseball had already lost four in a row before the Yankees finally did it. That sort of losing streak isn’t abnormal. It’s certainly not abnormal when two corner outfielders are hurt, an all-star pitcher is hurt and the schedule calls for six straight road games against good teams like Texas and Tampa Bay.
There’s no way to sugar coat what’s happened to the Yankees. They’ve fallen apart in a lot of ways these past 10 games. They’re two home runs away from a 10-game losing streak that would have left even the brightest optimist seeing bits of falling sky. The Yankees have hit a wall. It happens. What matters is getting around the wall and finding something better on the other side.
“We’ve lasted a long time, to the middle of September to run into that (wall),” Rodriguez said last night. “Hopefully we get that behind us, and we know exactly what we’re capable of doing. One quality hit, one big hit, things would be different.”
Today is an off day. This weekend is a three-game series in Baltimore where Brett Gardner should be back, Andy Pettitte should be back on Sunday and Nick Swisher might be back. Then its four more big games against Tampa Bay. And then Boston.
Hitting a wall isn’t unusual. The trick is getting to the other side.
Here’s A-Rod from last night.