It’s official: The Yankees need help.
Before we get that distant down a widen drive, though, they’ll have to prove, again, they can assistance themselves.
By losing Friday night’s Subway Series opener, 5-1, to a Mets during Citi Field, and with a Blue Jays disposing of Boston, 6-1, adult during Rogers Centre, a Yankees no longer control their possess destiny in a American League East. At 80-66, they route Toronto (85-62) by 4 ¹/₂ games, so with only 3 games remaining opposite a multiplication leaders, a Yankees can’t simply win out and prevail. They contingency watch a scoreboard and wish others assistance them invert a ultra-dangerous Blue Jays, whose sorcery series to bind a multiplication forsaken to 12.
“We only need to win games,” manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s a bottom line. If we do that, you’ve got an opportunity. If we don’t win a lot of games, it’s going to be tough.”
Since a Blue Jays’ late-July refueling, a Yankees have felt like a weaker group in this dual. Now, mathematically — for a moment, during slightest — a Yankees no longer can carve out their possess certain destiny.
This detriment felt quite painful. Girardi lined adult his starting revolution so that ace Masahiro Tanaka would start on 4 days’ rest, after violence a Blue Jays on identical rest Sept. 13, and afterwards would be in position to face a Jays on Wednesday in Toronto — nonetheless again on 4 days’ rest, after removing a fifth day off for a bulk of his 2015 assignments. Tanaka pitched good adequate to win, permitting solo homers to Lucas Duda (in a second inning) and Daniel Murphy (sixth) and zero else of significance in his 6 innings of work.
However, a Yankees’ lineup, blank Alex Rodriguez (he never starts games in National League parks), Brian McCann (rest) and Jacoby Ellsbury (profound ineptitude), did small opposite Mets rookie starter Steven Matz, cobbling together a first-inning run and afterwards shutting it down to concede a Long Island lefty to sojourn undefeated in his vital joining career. The visitors installed a bases with one out in a ninth inning opposite Mets closer Jeurys Familia, formulating some excitement, yet Brett Gardner flied out to shoal left margin and Chase Headley struck out on 3 pitches to disturb a Mets true on site.
“You only wish to give yourself opportunities,” Headley pronounced following a game, “knowing that if we keep doing that, you’ll get a large hit.”
While that creates clarity in a vacuum, a Yankees now contingency rest on others — namely, a Blue Jays — to yield them a opportunities to equivocate personification in a winner-take-all wild-card game. They still can gamble on themselves to contend a home-field advantage in that Oct. 6 game, or a postseason berth during all. And even nonetheless these Yankees have proven themselves to be an impressively volatile bunch, they continue to send out warning flares.
Like that their bullpen, taxed by a starting pitchers’ low workload, is fried. Chasen Shreve, such an item progressing this season, relieved Tanaka in a seventh and surrendered a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Juan Uribe. He has given adult 6 runs and 9 hits over 4 innings in his final 5 appearances.
“No clue,” a southpaw said, when asked for a self-diagnosis. “If we knew, we wouldn’t be struggling.”
Shreve’s struggles could have shabby Girardi to not splash strike for Brendan Ryan in a sixth inning, with dual outs, a diversion tied during 1-1 and Yankees on initial and third with dual outs. Girardi forked out that, had he left to A-Rod there, a Mets could have walked a bases installed and forced a Yankees to lift a subsequent beat Tanaka for a pinch-hitter when a starter had thrown a small 64 pitches. What Girardi didn’t say, yet what everybody understood, was that he didn’t possess a reliever he devoted to representation in a sixth.
The emanate of determining their possess destiny is mostly symbolic; we can’t prognosticate a Yankees unconditional a Jays in Toronto this entrance week. Consider it one some-more disastrous vigilance in a competition that looks increasingly daunting for Girardi and his players with any day that passes.