Our State of the Yankees column is back for its 15th installment with a team suddenly on the ropes, losing two of three to the Red Sox and the first two to the Orioles. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the New York Yankees right here.
With the Yankees losing their fourth straight game to end the month of July, the question obviously becomes is this a sign of things to come or is it merely a temporary stretch of bad play and bad luck? The answer isn't clear, and it never is, but an educated guess says this is just one of those stretches where a great baseball team plays some pretty bad baseball. No more, no less. Sure, losing two of three to the Boston Red Sox hurts, especially considering the Yankees could have and should have swept the set. But that's the good news, bad news aura the Yankees have right now. Yes, they could win every game they play. But also they could easily endure a losing stretch like this one because they can't manufacture runs without relying on the home run. The Yankees' lead in the AL East is down to just 5.5 games over the Orioles, 6.5 over Tampa Bay and 7.5 over the Red Sox. Those leads are solid, but they don't represent the runaway it once did. That's why the Yankees could afford a bad stretch, but of course, it can't continue at this pace or all the good will gained throughout the season will be lost in an instant.