After the final Major League pitch was thrown last night, the Yankees were looking at only the Tampa Bay Rays as the ones keeping them out of the playoffs. Just one game separates the Yankees from a trip to October Baseball. Well, a trip to a one-game playoff, anyway.
However, don't get too excited, kiddies. In tonight's series finale against the Orioles, the Yankees might take a step backward. With Phil Hughes starting the game, the bats had better show up and, en masse. The Yankees need to score lots of runs to make up for all the runs Hughes is likely to give up. Otherwise they could end up with a series split, a possible two-game deficit and a bad taste in their mouths.
It's really a bummer that no one else can take the ball tonight. But, that's what injuries will do for you. Of course, it's not just the pitching. We heard yesterday that Derek Jeter's season is over.
His career isn't.
No one believes Derek Jeter's career is over. People who are speculating that it is are just doing so because it's a sexy thing to talk about. They don't really believe it. We all know Jeter is coming back next year. He may not play the whole year. He may end up retiring at some point during the season. But he's not going out like this. The Captain will definitely return.
However, we first have to deal with Phil Hughes's return to the rotation.
Hey, maybe he will surprise us.
Eh, who am I kidding?