COMMENTARY | The standings say the New York Yankees still have a chance to make the playoffs. They are, as I type this, only three games behind the scuffling Tampa Bay Rays in the American League wild-card standings.
The last three days against the Boston Red Sox, however, tell you everything you need to know. It just isn't meant to happen for this year's version of the Yankees.
Three games against the division-leading Red Sox, three losses. Two in devastating fashion, losing games at the end they though they had won. The third a game in which David Huff (yes, David Huff is now a Yankees' starting pitcher) pitched them out of the game by surrendering 9 runs in 3.1 innings.
The carnage on the scoreboard isn't the only problem facing the Yankees.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, who probably shouldn't be playing anyway, left the game when his twice-fractured left ankle began acting up again. There is no word at this time on the extent of the injury, but you begin to wonder if the Yankee captain is done for 2013.
The bullpen is a mess. David Robertson, Boone Logan and Shawn Kelley are all down with injuries. That leaves the Yankees with unreliable arms like Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes along with unknown call-ups like Brett Marshall, Jim Miller, Cesar Cabral and Matt Daley, trying to get critical outs. Over the last three days we saw that that is not going to work out very well.
The Yankees have 20 games left. The math says a run to the playoffs is still eminently do-able. The Red Sox, though, have exposed the Yankees as pretenders who just don't have the pieces to get the job done.
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