Sunday, September 12, 2010
ARLINGTON, Tex. — The visiting clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark has an eclectic décor: a few neon beer signs, a flag of Texas, a set of longhorns, some motivational sayings. One hangs above the primary bank of lockers.
It reads, “The road to success is always under construction.” So the Yankees learned this weekend, when the Texas Rangers sent them reeling into a crucial series at Tampa Bay with a three-game sweep.
If you want to know why the Yankees losing two of three to Baltimore before embarking on this road trip pissed me off, this series with Texas is Exhibit A. It’s hard to win games on the road, especially against good teams.
If the Yankees still want to win the AL East, they probably have to take two of three from Tampa Bay in this upcoming series. If they could actually beat Toronto the way Tampa Bay has they wouldn’t have to, but since they can’t then that’s probably what they have to do. However, given the way Joe Girardi’s managing lately, I’m not so sure they’re really going all out for the division.
Pitching matchups for the three games vs. Tampa Bay are:
Monday, September 13
Sabathia vs. Price
Tuesday, September 14
Nova vs. Garza
Wednesday, September 15
Hughes vs. Shields
I guess the fact that neither Vazquez nor Burnett is pitching is good. I can’t see the Yankees winning both of the final two games though, so let’s hope CC can help them take the opener.
Next entry: The Implications of This Series With Tampa Bay