While the media has been focused on counting Derek Jeter’s hits, the New York Yankees who were rained out Friday night, have watched the Boston Red Sox mash 8 HRs scoring 20 runs the past two nights and now trail the Sox by a full game in the AL East. Perhaps after Jeter reaches 3,000 we can get back to covering the game of baseball.
The Red Sox and Yankees are tied in the loss column with 35, but the Yankees have played two less games (both wins for the Red Sox) leaving them a full game behind. The Yankees have played 86 games on the year while many American League teams have already played 90. The Yankees rained out games are starting to pile up and they are running a real risk of losing days off and having double headers pile up in September.
If the Yankees don’t have a wide lead for the division or Wild Card late in the season, this is something that can work against them as they try to set up their rotation for the playoffs down the stretch. This isn’t something that you are hearing a lot about now, however you can bet this will be an issue in September. The Yankees already have pitching concerns, and their position players are littered with aging veterans who could wilt under the duress of a hectic September schedule.
Last week I suggested that even if Derek Jeter were healthy, that he would bow out of the 2011 All-Star Game. My inbox was filled with “you’re nuts” emails. The reason? Even if Jeter had 3,000hits by that time, I felt that Jeter had too much pride to get up to bat and have the scoreboard and TV plaster the numbers .257 BA, 2 HRs, 22 RBI, 7 SBs, 40 RS all over the place. In fact, if he doesn’t have 3,000 by Tuesday, that would have simply brought more attention to his current production as a long standing ovation would have been warranted by the fans and players alike prior to his first plate appearance.
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