Yankees Need to Get Going Now

Michael SamuelSenior Analyst IJuly 4, 2008

This has been a very rough part of the season for the Yankees.

Interleague play did not exactly go as planned, as they lost series to the Reds and split a four-game and a rain-shortened two-game set with the Mets. The Yankees have not followed up after their seven-game win streak.

At this point, the Tampa Bay Rays (I can't believe I just said Rays and not Devil Rays) are scorching, winning eight of their last nine. They have a commanding eight-game lead; nine in the all-important loss column.

The Red Sox, on the other hand, are fading and had lost their last five games up until last night's 7-0 win.

Over a five-game period, the Yankees scored only seven runs, which is frankly unacceptable. Last night, the offense finally came out, scoring a season-high 18 runs. Robby Cano is finally heating up.

Once again I was right in saying "the numbers on the baseball card don't lie". 

This is a huge four-game set with the Red Sox. The Yankees need to have a chip on their shoulder and realize that they need to beat Boston because they are on a long losing streak. The Sox are the defending champs and if the Yankees aren't able to get motivated than it is hard to see what will. 

The Yankees also have distractions with Alex Rodriguez and his reported separation with his wife Cynthia. Alex needs to treat baseball as his way of getting away from this distraction he has caused for himself. 

This is go time for the Yankees. It is time to put up and shut up, or else they may miss the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

To put this in perspective, I am 18 years old. The last time they missed the playoffs, I was 4 years old.

After the closed-door meeting, one would hope the Yankees would be able to come out and respond for the second game of the four game set.  Right now, they are in a rain delay and still are not getting a big hit.  After the first inning, they have left the bases loaded twice.  The Yankees will not win ball games if they continue to wait on a home run.