CHICAGO — With the Yankees trailing the Red Sox by a season-high 9 ½ video games coming into Monday evening, the calendar is not their buddy.
That’s one other matter.
Though the hill to catch Boston atop the AL East is steep — and clearly an impossibility if the Red Sox don’t cool off a bit — there is a path for the Yankees to at least make the division race aggressive come Sept. 18, the following time the rivals see one another.
The Yankees, 6-9 for the reason that All-Star break after being swept in a four-game sequence at Fenway Park, began a three-game sequence towards the White Sox on Monday evening. It was the start of a stretch of eight straight sequence towards groups with non-winning information. Though the White Sox had received 4 straight coming into Monday, together with a three-game sweep of the Rays, that improved them solely to 41-70.
After that comes a four-game sequence at dwelling towards the 49-64 Rangers. There’s a make-up sport Aug. 13 towards the 45-64 Mets, adopted by three video games at dwelling towards the 56-56 Rays and three towards the 51-60 Blue Jays. Series towards the Marlins, Orioles, White Sox and Tigers comply with.
The mixed profitable share (coming into Monday evening) of the groups the Yankees face the remainder of the month? .404.
Not surprisingly, Aaron Boone steered away from schedule-gazing and drawing conclusions from it.
“I look at it as I think we’re a really good team,” Boone mentioned. “We’re in a tough stretch where we haven’t necessarily played our best, obviously, but I always feel like we’re ‘today’ away from starting to turn that around and starting to come out of that, and I believe that that day is today. And I walk into that room [clubhouse] every day with that confidence, with that optimism, because of the people we’re able to roll out there every day, and nothing’s changed in that regard.”
Ken Singleton, a YES broadcaster who performed 15 years within the main leagues and was a member of a few of Earl Weaver’s powerhouse groups in Baltimore, mentioned gamers don’t get caught up within the schedule and the information of the groups on it.
“I’ve read that too, where they supposedly have an easy schedule,” Singleton mentioned Monday. “But these teams aren’t going to make it easy on you. There’s guys fighting for jobs on some of these bad teams, and if they show against you or some of the better teams, it looks good in their front office’s eyes. If I was on one of those teams, that’s what I’d be trying to do. Nobody’s going to roll over.”
Singleton mentioned the Yankees’ aim shouldn’t be to knock off all 9 1⁄2 video games by the point the Yankees see the Red Sox once more.
“The only way to do it is play these one at a time, win series like they were doing. They’re not doing it now,” Singleton mentioned. “I still have a feeling . . . 9 ½ is pretty far, but to me, it’s not over. I think, personally, what you have to do, they have six more games with the Red Sox? They have to get it within where they can do it themselves. They can’t expect help from some of these other teams.”
Forgotten, he mentioned, is the truth that as lately as June 21, the Yankees truly had a two-game lead within the division. They entered Monday’s motion with an 18-20 document since then to Boston’s 29-Eight mark in the identical stretch.
“The Red Sox are really playing well right now and the Yankees have been 50-50 and that’s not good enough,” Singleton mentioned. “But at the beginning of the year, the Yankees were playing 50-50 [a 9-9 start to Boston’s 17-2], and they caught up and actually went ahead. You never know.”