Saturday, September 20, 2014

New York Yankees: It’s too late, right?

That’s the question fans of the New York Yankees continue to ask themselves. Yet, because of a feeble league where not one wild card contending team seems to want to grab it, the Yankees wake up Saturday with a chance. It’s a small chance, and an unlikely one to evolve, but it’s still there.

I’ve written numerous times in the last couple of weeks that the Yankees just needed one big run. If they had done so they could be sitting just two games back in the hunt for a wild card position. Yes, even the first wild card spot is technically within reach now.

Now, what remains to be seen is if this mini three-game winning streak continues and if it’s just too late. It seems that every time I completely count this team out, they lure me back in with some good play.

Unfortunately, I still can’t buy in. Their elimination number for the second wild card spot is six and they sit 4.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals for that last spot with nine games to play. I can’t fathom it because the Yankees have yet to have that extended winning streak this season.

The Yankees needed a strong stretch two weeks ago and they could have taken advantage of a weak league. Maybe that is the ticket; hang with a feeble league and strike at the end of the season?

But then we look at the facts. The offense is still failing to pummel anyone and there is a chance Jacoby Ellsbury, arguably their best offensive player this season could be on the shelf for the rest of the season with a strained hamstring. He is set to get an MRI this morning and if he’s to miss more than one or two games, color the dream dead.

I want more than anything to feel differently, but nothing that has happened this season points to the postseason. It points to never getting fully healthy, never being consistently very good and never taking advantage of the weaknesses around the league. Basically, their season has been about coming up short, and often.

In a few days, if they are two games back with six to play, then maybe I’ll begin to believe. I hope to write that piece, I really do.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.