How are the Yankees feeling on this much-need off day after a long and often grueling road trip? Happy that they kept their heads above water, sounds about right.
“It’s big when you’re not playing your best baseball, to salvage games like we did on this trip,” Brian McCann said. “We won games where we fought back. There were a lot of good things that happened on this road trip.”
It was a good trip because the Yankees won five of nine on the road, including two of three against one of the better teams in the National League.
It was good because of the three extra-inning wins.
It was good because Masahiro Tanaka bounced back from his first loss, good because Dave Robertson bounced back from his first blown save, and good because — away from the team — Carlos Beltran, Michael Pineda and Shawn Kelley took positive steps in the right direction.
But today, it’s good simply because it’s over. For the Yankees, this was a road trip of survival as much as anything. The rotation hasn’t gotten anyone back yet, the bullpen is without a key late-inning reliever, and the lineup really hasn’t been particularly good. But the Yankees have continued to survive.
“We’re definitely looking forward to the off-day,” Robertson said. “We’ll take it. Guys could use it. I don’t think we get another one for 17 days after that because of the make-up game with Seattle.”
Up next is seven in a row at home, then four in Kansas City, three in Seattle and three in Oakland.
It seems that every good team goes through a stretch when it simply has to survive, and the Yankees have handled that part. At some point, though, they’re surely going to have to do more than simply keep their heads above water. Maybe that requires getting some guys off the disabled list, or maybe it’s simply getting more production from underperforming veterans.
Once again, the Yankees have survived, but I still think it’s hard to know what to make of them.
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