New Yorkers who have followed the Boston Red Sox’ September swoon may want to start paying attention to what’s happening in their own backyard. And we’re not talking about the Mets here.
The Yankees lost their sixth game in their past nine last night, falling 5-4 to the Blue Jays. The Bombers’ biggest nightmare seemingly continues, as C.C. Sabathia again labored, throwing 120 pitches over just 5 2/3 innings. Sabathia was given a 3-1 lead before allowing three runs in the fifth. The Yanks fought back to tie the game at four, but lost when former Yankee Jose Molina singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
It was a rare September 2011 day where the Red Sox picked up ground on the Yankees, as Boston beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in Fenway. The Yankees’ lead has been cut to just 3 1/2 games in the American League East, and they still have two series remaining with the Rays. If the Yankees don’t get their act together soon, we might just want to hold off on getting ready to buy our AL East Champion shirts and hats.