Losing is never fun. But if there was ever an ideal time to start a losing skid, it’s right now for the New York Yankees.
Watching the New York Yankees dominate is fun, to say the least. There are the home runs, the dazzling plays and the dominant pitching to look forward to.
Watching the New York Yankees lose is another story. They give you hope before they ultimately rip your heart out, stomp on it and then promptly do it all over again the next time they lose.
Yet we just keep coming back. These Yankees are our first love and when they hurt, we hurt.
Like right now. The Yankees have fallen from grace, losing four straight on the West Coast and are slowly tumbling towards a fast demise. Losing is absolutely, positively no fun.
But it is going to happen. There are 162 games in a season and the chances of a team winning all of them is highly impossible. With that being said, the Yankees will lose games.
There is no ideal time to lose games. However, if there was a perfect time to get into a losing skid, this would be it for the Yankees.
Let me explain. Like I said, losing is not fun but it is a part of the game. If it’s going to happen, it’s better to allow it to happen now than when the Yankees are in the midst of a playoff run in September.
Right now, it is June 17th. The Yankees are still holding a lead in the American League East and have proven that their division opponents are no match for their high-powered offense. They are now facing teams outside of their division and struggling mightily.
A losing streak at the beginning of the season kicks off the year on a sour note. A losing streak at the end of the season can shuffle the standings immensely. But a losing streak in the middle of the season gives the Yankees enough time to come back from a slight slip-up without truly feeling all the pressure.
The MLB All-Star Game is less than a month away and with that comes a week-long break. They have that time to rest come July and recuperate from the various injuries that have plagued them. If they are starting to struggle now, at least they have some time to regroup and rest as a team.
The last thing you’d want to see is the Yankees start to fall off in September, just when they’re at the most pivotal point in their season. During the make-or-break time, the Yankees certainly don’t want to break.
They have a little more leeway right now. The other AL East teams have experienced their own struggles and have failed to gain much ground while the Yankees are going through their skid. They are still keeping games close, despite the outcome of the game not going their way.
Gary Sanchez, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia and Aaron Hicks have succumbed to injury. Their hot hitters are out and their lineup is depleted. They’ve proven they can win games with their potent offense and without some of these heavy hitters, the lineup doesn’t have the same pop.
But, guys…that’s okay. These are short-term injuries. Some are day-to-day while others are on the 10-day DL. This is something that is only temporary. They can certainly win without these guys but they are better with them in their lineup.
The Yankees are losing right now. It’s the truth. And it’s not because of the lack of talent that takes the field each night.
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It’s because losing happens in this game. The Yankees, one of the hottest teams in the AL, WILL go through periods of unfortunate games, racking up the losses. To look at the positive side of things, at least they started a losing streak right before the All-Star break rolls around.
They’re depleted at the moment. They are limping through the month of June with a group of rag-tag back-ups while anticipating the break to allow them to get healthy and get rested up.
We all know the Yankees are going to lose sometimes and if the Yankees continue on a skid, I would prefer it to be right now rather than when they are this close to tasting the playoffs.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Yankees will get back on track. This is just a temporary skid, as is routine during any season. And just like in true New York Yankees fashion, these guys picked the perfect time to start a short losing streak.