Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thus Endeth the Yankees' Chance of Winning the AL East in 2014

The Yankees needed to take at least 2 out of these 3 games against the 1st-place Orioles in Baltimore to have a serious shot at winning the American League Eastern Division this season.

They didn't win the opener, and are now 7 games behind the Orioles.

Chris Capuano was the Yankees' starting pitcher last night, and the Yankees got him a 3-1 lead after 2 innings, thanks to a Brett Gardner triple and a Derek Jeter groundout in the 1st, and a double steal in the 2nd that led to a throwing error that allowed both runners, Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley, to score.

But in innings 3 through 9, here were the Yankees' baserunners: Beltran reached on an error in the 3rd, Jeter doubled in the 5th, Headley walked in the 6th, and Jacoby Ellsbury and Headley walked in the 8th. That's not much.

Meanwhile, Capuano allowed the O's to take the lead in the 5th, and Adam Warren in the 7th and the once-promising Chase Whitley in the 8th made things much worse.

Orioles 11, Yankees 3. WP: Bud Norris (10-7). No save. LP: Capuano (1-3).

Thus endeth the Yankees' chance (well, any serious chance) of winning the AL East in 2014.

The Yankees are still very much in the AL Wild Card race, though: The Anaheim Angels are solidly in the 1st slot, while the Detroit Tigers lead the 2nd, by 1 game over the Seattle Mariners, 2 over the Toronto Blue Jays, 3 over the Yankees, 5 over the Cleveland Indians and 6 over the Tampa Bay Rays.

But who's optimistic at this point? I am not.

Tonight's game has been rained out. No makeup date has been set as of this writing, although the Yankees do have one more trip to Baltimore this season, September 12 to 14. It does not, however, look like it will be made up tomorrow as part of a day-night doubleheader.

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