The Yanks have just 32 games remaining (with only 2 days off to rest their tired, failing bones) to make up 5 games to secure a wild card spot. Time is slipping away,
, but the Yanks have a big chance this week to make up some serious ground. Three games against the Sox means two things: if they sweep, they are right back in the running; if they FAIL, the season is essentially dunzo as the gap will have widened to a likely insurmountable 8 games.
against the Beasts from Boston? Yes, twas a marvelous site to behold and knocked the Sox out of the post-season running (although they weren't really in it anymore at that point anyway); it also boosted their confidence and propelled them to a winning September and an AL East victory. What they DID with that victory shall not be mentioned here as it is irrelevant to my feeble argument/attempt at hope.
The Yankees are in desperate need of such a boost right now. The possibility of a Sox sweep is essentially the only thing keeping my hopes alive at this point.
There's a bit of good news, though: The Yanks won't have to face Beckett or Dice-K. Here's the matchups:
Tuesday: RHP Tim Wakefield (7-8, 3.67) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (13-9, 4.17)
Wednesday: RHP Paul Byrd (8-11, 4.61) vs. RHP Sidney Ponson (7-4, 4.67)
Thursday: LHP Jon Lester (12-5, 3.49) vs. RHP Mike Mussina (16-7, 3.45)
Of course... not facing their best pitchers doesn't make that much of a difference when we're throwing like the likes of Ponson onto the mound.
I'm so nervous about tonight I can hardly function. A loss tonight might very well send me spiraling into a Yankees-induced depression of monumental proportions.