Well, here we are again. The Yankees are on the outside of the playoff picture with roughly two weeks to go, and their play has hardly been encouraging enough to say they could easily get back into it. There are a few advantages left to them — namely, that they play their two biggest competitors for a ticket into October. That makes for a difficult schedule though, and with the Rays looming as their final challenge it’s going to be a wild ride should they manage to get in. Add in the Athletics getting back into the mix, and MLB has plenty of must-see TV lined up for the end of the season.
The Yankees are in this position thanks to their own inability to close out winnable games against poor opponents, but there’s no time to dwell on that now. We know, for the most part, what this team is now. The question remains, can they do it? Can they go toe-to-toe with the rest of their division? Will they have any hope beyond a Wild Card game should they manage to get there? If you’ve got questions like these, or any other concerns, be sure to send them in for a chance to be featured in our Yankees mailbag.
Answers will run on Friday morning. All questions received by the night of September 23rd will be considered. You can leave your submissions in the comment section below or by e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Also, a small note: while it’s helpful to have a variety of questions come in every week, many of you have been concerned about offseason matters lately. There isn’t much to infer anymore after the deadline moves that the team made, so these kinds of questions would be better saved for when the team has no more games left to be played and rumors/leaks start to come out.