West Coast trips always feel a little bit unusual, but for whatever reason this one feels especially long. That’s partially because it has been long — 10 days in three different cities — and might be because it’s been a little relentless as part of a scheduled stretched of 17 games in a row (that rain out in Kansas City actually came at a pretty good time).
This afternoon the Yankees finally finish off this trip with one last game in Oakland, where the Athletics have been the best team in the American League with a terrific pitching staff, a powerful lineup, and the second-most wins in baseball.
You know what’s amazing, though? If the Yankees win tonight, they’ve have just five fewer wins than the A’s. Not that five is a tiny number, but it’s certainly not a gigantic number. At times the Yankees have seemed to be a pretty bad team — old, injured, underperforming — but a win tonight and they’re five away from the best record in the league. It’s not great, but it certainly could be worse.
A win tonight would mean going 6-3 on this trip. It would mean winning seven of their past 10. It would mean flying home tonight feeling good about the trip and feeling like, once again, a team that could have been written off has actually managed to keep itself in decent shape despite all of its obvious concerns and shortcomings.
The great point? It’s June 15, and I’m still not sure what to make of this team.
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