Can you imagine a loss last night? If Robinson Cano hadn’t lined that game-winning single into center field, how much different would you feel this morning? A three-game sweep during which Dave Robertson blew a lead, Russell Martin committed two errors and Cano couldn’t come through with the bases loaded?
First place or not, a lost last yesterday would have created a real sense of concern heading into a weekend series against Boston.
“I don’t worry about this group because I know this group is mature and they know how to handle things,” Joe Girardi said. “But it’s nice to get a win, especially before a day off and (after) the long stretch that we had. We had 13 days in a row, and we played some pretty good teams, so it’s good to get a win.”
Truth is, yesterday’s win makes it a little easier to see the good things. The Yankees are midway through their season, and they’ve played well. They’ve played especially well considereing they’ve lost their closer for the year, their top offseason addition isn’t going to play until next season, and neither Alex Rodriguez nor Mark Teixeira has been especially good. The Yankees are a half game behind Texas for the best record in baseball, and that might have been lost if they hadn’t won a game heading into this off day.
“It’s always good to end up in first place,” Cano said. “That way you know how you played in the first half and you go home with a lot of confidence. Just go home (for the all-star break), get some rest for the next four or five days. You don’t have to go home thinking about what we’ve done wrong or what we have to do to win games. The team’s been winning games and we’re in first place.”
That break will come soon enough. All that’s left is to get through this weekend’s three-day, four-game series at Fenway Park. The Yankees haven’t been to Boston since those two games in mid April. Thanks to last night, they can feel good about their return and take something positive into this rivalry showdown.
“We’re going to see a lot of each other the next four days,” Girardi said. “You guys get a reprieve (today), and then we’ll go at it.”
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