Now it’s three-and-a-half out with 11 to play. If you didn’t think it could get much worse than 24 hours ago, well, it’s much worse now.
“We’re getting to where we can’t lose much more,” Joe Girardi said.
If it was generally accepted that the Yankees needed to go 10-2 during this final two-week stretch — all we can do is make educated guesses at this point, and 10-2 seemed to be a reasonable place to start — then the Yankees haven’t lost that possibility. And even tonight isn’t technically an elimination game, but…
“We’re darn close,” Girardi said.
If the Yankees aren’t able to make some sort of unbelievable charge into the postseason — and at this point, a playoff run really is hard to believe — there are going to be many people taking the blame. One of them will be the guy taking the mound tonight. It’s up to Phil Hughes, likely on another short leash, to try to keep some glimmer of hope alive. Or it’s up to the offense to put up enough runs that the pitching won’t matter.
It doesn’t matter how it happens, the Yankees simply have to start winning and then keep winning and then hope it’s not too late.
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