It was nearly three weeks ago when we were gearing up for the most important stretch run of the year. At that point, the Yankees were just coming to the realization that their 10 game lead wasn’t going to hold up in September. The 16 game streak, which included 7 games against the Orioles and 6 games against the Rays, had major playoff implications for all teams involved. With an injury dissolved team at the time, I warned that any sustained losing streak would result in a panic. So how did it all play out?
It started with the team going just 1-4 in their first 5 games. I’d call it the low point in the season, at this point the team was on a three game losing streak and the Orioles had tied the Yankees for first place in the American League East. With the return of Alex Rodriguez, the lineup started to get a bit deeper. Curtis Granderson started hitting the ball, Derek Jeter kept his hot bat alive, and Russell Martin stopped hitting so many damn line drives to outfielders.… Click here to read the rest