This is going to kill me because I am a die-hard New York Yankees fan, but in the pessimistic would that I live in, I can see the Yankees blowing it with ten games remaining and two big series coming up with their arch rival Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox have lost their last four of six, and honestly, I think they could come back from eight back in the AL East and 6.5 back in the Wild Card. Boston is off today as they sit and wait to see what happens between the Rays and the Yankees tonight.
I watched the Rays-Yankees game last night, and I have to say the Yankees bullpen makes me want to vomit. The Rays completely tore up relievers Royce Ring, Dustin Mosely, Chad Gaudin, and Jonathan Albaladejo. Girardi should have just let Burnett throw his arm off because he was barely dialed into the game.
Boston should be praying that this happens. With the bullpen the way it is, and Mariano Rivera not his usual self, who's to say that Boston cannot come back? New York should be looking over its shoulder, as I think that the battle for the East and the Wild Card may come down to the final series of the season.
Boston has a three-game series this weekend in New York and next weekend back home Boston. In between, they'll face Chicago, who has nothing to play for at this point.
On the other side, the Yankees have CC Sabathia going against David Price, which could go either way. In between their Boston series, they have Toronto. Toronto isn't an easy task because the Yanks are 7-8 against them this year!
It'll be sad to see the Yankees blow it. I'd rather them go on to repeat as champions again and not become a disaster, but sadly, we cannot always get what we want. It will be interesting to see if Boston throws in the towel or not. This will just go to show you that every game counts and that you cannot take a day off during this part of the year.