LADY AT THE BAT: T Minus 4: Yanks Lose, O's Win

Sunday, September 30, 2012

T Minus 4: Yanks Lose, O's Win

Missed opportunities. That was the story of yesterday's Yankee game, not bad calls by umps. The old RISP fail bug struck again, as the team went 2-11 with runners in scoring position and left a total of 10 men on base. As a result, going into today they sit tied atop the AL East with just 4 games to play.

Just when you think they've gotten over this RISP thing, it comes back, at the worst possible time, a time when the Orioles are playing a Red Sox team who has packed it in, a Red Sox team that has been stripped of the 2011 Chicken & Beer Roster, a team that could care less. 

Going 2-11 with RISP makes it seem like this team is already in the playoffs, because that's usually what they do in the postseason. It just started in the regular season this year. 

So what's left on the schedule? The Yankees have one left with Toronto and then three with Boston. The Orioles have one left with Boston and then three with Tampa Bay. Can't depend on any help from Boston but, Tampa Bay should give the Orioles a run for their money. 

But, wait a minute. There's a bigger picture here: Going into today, the Yankees and Orioles have 91 wins. They're tied for the second-best record in the American League. (The Rangers have the best record.) The Oakland Athletics, who are playing the Mariners this weekend, are third with 90 wins. When all is said and done, both the Orioles and A's could pass the Yankees in number of wins. That would leave the Yankees with the second Wild Card or, worse, out of the playoffs altogether.

Very scary. But here's the bright side: If the Yankees do end up playing the Death Game, Andy Pettitte, the leader in postseason wins, is lined up to pitch it. I'll sign up for that any day. 

Go Yankees, go Red Sox, and go Mariners. 

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