“It’s one game. You’ve got to be able to turn the page. It’s one game. You’ve got to go out and play a good game tomorrow, find a way to win tomorrow. We didn’t score a lot of runs, but I thought we hit the ball pretty good. They played pretty good defense tonight. Tomorrow’s a new day.”
Is that sort of “tomorrow’s a new day” mentality more difficult given the current situation? A five-game winning streak has helped the Yankees make up some ground and stay very much in the hunt, but the margin for error is small. The good vibes of 24 hours ago could change quickly if this weekend goes poorly, especially considering the Yankees are sending their top three starters to the mound this series.
“I still like our chances,” Brett Gardner said. “I feel like we’re in a good place, and we’re a whole lot better off than we were two weeks ago. We still got some time left. We just got to try to even up the series.”
That starts tonight, a quick opportunity to do what Girardi said: Turn the page, in this case flipping backwards to find the page the Yankees were on before last night’s game when Girardi acknowledged how close the Yankees had come to being out of the race altogether. The hole had very nearly gotten so big that the Yankees couldn’t reasonably expect to climb out.
“I think there’s a point where if you get too far behind and there’s too many teams in front of you, you realize how difficult it’s going to be,” Girardi said. “We were approaching that. I mean, we were getting pretty close to it. … That was probably the low of the low for us after that series in Chicago. We knew it had to happen pretty quickly or it could have been a long six weeks.”
Can’t slip backwards, or it could be a long five weeks. CC Sabathia gets the ball tonight.
“We need him to step up tomorrow,” Girardi said. “That’s what we need him to do.”
Said Chris Stewart: “Keep swinging it. Keep having good at-bats. CC’s going to go out and have a good game (tonight). We’re going to keep swinging the bats, we’re going to score some runs and win the game.”
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