Boston is now a whopping 13.5 games in front of the Yankees. After all that elation that Damon was back and healthy to drive the offense getting the Yankees back on track, the harsh reality has to be setting in right now for Yankee fans. The are in last place and frankly not very good. We are going to be entering June and they are double digits out of first place sitting all the way down in last place with the Devil Rays. Their run differential is still good, but it is ever shrinking.
Has a team ever leapfrogged four reams and closed a double digit lead this late in the season? If anyone has, the list would have to be extremely short. Once Clemens comes back and Hughes gets healthy, the rotation will be better and stable. Will they be much better? Probably not as I don't entirely think Clemens is going to light the world on fire and Hughes is a rookie. However, they don't need to be with that offense which is probably not as good as everyone thought, but is definitely better than they have played lately.
In the end, their bullpen is going to be the reason they cannot significantly close the gap. Humberto Sanchez going down was a huge blow to the Yankees because he could have been a huge pitcher for them out of the bullpen. This aging team seems to be on life support on this point and I for one do not see how they can turn things around at this point. Seven teams are in front of them for the Wild Card and they are 7.5 games out of that. While they may have a run in them which might see them close the gap, it's over.
On the other side of town, the Mets have created some breathing room and are now four games in from of the Braves and 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for the best record in the bigs. They have surrendered the 2nd least runs in the majors and are one of only five teams remaining that have not given up 200 or more runs. They have the best road record with a .720 win% out of every team with Boston right behind them with a .692% on the road. There just isn't much to complain about and if they can figure out the Braves, it is going to be a breeze for the Mets.
The Mets' rotation hardly is the best I've seen. But no team has five starters capable of pitching seven scoreless innings and not surprising anyone in the process. However, the Mets do.
In the same game, Mota threw a shut-out inning and struck out two.
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