Jul 10, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey (57) visits starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) on the mound against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY SportsOn behalf of all Toronto Blue Jays fans I would like to apologize to the rest of the baseball world.
I apologize for the Yankees being more games above 500 right now than they have any business being at 64-59 or even being at 500 at all because of the Blue Jays helping them with their 1-8 record against the Yankees.
And I would like to apologize in advance for the possibility of the Yankees making a playoff push because they still have 10 more games against the Jays.
If the Jays can’t even beat the Yankees when there having a down season how are they supposed to beat them when they’re having a typical Yankees season?
Now that we got that out the way on June 23rd the Yankees were in 3rd place and the Jays were in 4th place 2.5 games back of the Yankees.
Since June 23rd the Yankees have won just 23 games!
That’s almost as bad as the Jays only winning 19 games since that day.
The Yankees have just been handing the Jays 4th place for a couple of months now and the Jays just haven’t been taking it.
It’s probably too late for the Jays to put the Evil Empire in the AL East cellar but if they can win enough games against the Yankees to keep them out of the playoff conversation that would be fantastic to.
It all starts with this 4 game series at Yankee Stadium.
Unfortunately the Jays have lost 9 straight games at Yankee Stadium going back to last season so there’s that. And the Yankees are healthier now then they’ve been anytime the Jays have seen them this season.
And the Jays are less healthy then when the Yankees saw them last.
But the Jays miss CC Sabathia in this series! And Rogers, Buehrle, Dickey, Happ have all been decent to good lately. And 6 of the Jays remaining 10 games against the Yankees are at Rogers Centre.
The Jays also recently took 2 of 3 from the Red Sox and kept it competitive against the Rays.
The Yankees also haven’t seen Jose Reyes yet. (You know your stretching for optimism when the health of one player is a reason to think the Jays will have better results against a team)
The Yankees are just 6.5 games back of a wild card spot with 10 of their remaining 39 games against the Jays.
The Jays winning a decent number of those games could be the difference between the Yankees being in a playoff hunt, making the playoffs or the Yankees sitting at home in October or better yet making plans for 2014 in September.
Don’t let the rest of baseball down!