Originally posted on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 7/31/12
The numbers speak for themselves: Six of the Yankees last 8 losses, including last night's 5-4 contest against the Orioles, have been by a single run. They are 3-8 in their last 11 games, with each loss by 2 or fewer runs [ESPN.com]. You can look at this in two ways: 1) The Yankees have been in every game. They were not blown out or, 2) This magnifies their season-long failure to hit with runners in scoring position and/or hit in the clutch. I'm a pessimist, so I choose to look at it the second way. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Not hitting with RISP and/or in the clutch is going to bite them big-time in the playoffs. They will lose in the first round, in games decided by 2 or fewer runs, all because their focus all season long has been on trying to hit the ball out of the park.Now Ichiro might have jumped on the home run bandwagon as well. His 100th career home run last night brought the Yankees to within a run last night. I hope that he doesn't get homer happy now. As...
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