Here are two things that would help the Yankees in their quest to get to the playoffs:
- They need to win games.
- They need to win games against the teams that aren't in playoff contention.
The Yankees didn't do that tonight. And what's worse is that they looked lifeless against Toronto and it was embarrassing to watch.
They didn't play like a team that's playing for their playoff lives. They played like a team who is counting the days until the offseason begins. And maybe they are? There are a lot of banged up players on the Yankees. Maybe the prospect of playing into October isn't appealing to them.
With the way they looked against R.A. Dickey, you'd also have thought the Yankees had dinner plans after the game.
Andy Pettitte gave the Yankees another quality start (6.2 IP, 1ER on 6 hits) but it wasn't enough because the offense couldn't get anything going. Well, they could get people on base but they just couldn't get them home.
They had runners on base in the first two innings - with the bases loaded in the first - and ended up with nothing to show for it. They ended up with only five hits on the night.
It was just one of those nights where nothing was working (save Pettitte) and it just happened at the worst possible time.