You can’t be too upset with yesterday’s loss. Did they have breakdowns? Yes. But in the overall picture, they did exactly what they should have in this series. They took 2 out of 3 from the second hottest team in the Majors in their own ballpark (if the roles were reversed, I’m sure fans would think it was necessary to salvage the final game. That’s what good teams do. And the Angels are a good team.)
With the exception of yesterday, they got gutsy, if not stellar pitching all series long. Even in the loss they continued to create late inning magic. And yes, you can blame A-Rod for not coming through, but he did hit a pretty big home run early in the game against one of the best pitchers in baseball to dig the Yankees out of an early deficit. But if we are dispensing blame, then the bullpen deserves it’s share for letting the game get out of hand. One could argue that if they would have stopped the bleeding, the Yankees would have won the game in a similar fashion as Friday night.
The bottom line is that it’s a long season and it’s impossible to win every game. Though, you do start doing a bit more scoreboard watching in the second half. But, in reality, it’s still about winning series’. And the Yankees have done that. Also, Baltimore gained no ground. So, all in all, the Yankees are in as good a position as they were when they woke up Sunday Morning.
Now, just as if they had won yesterday, it’s time to put it behind them and focus on winning another series versus a division foe. They are still the best team in baseball. And they still have a more than comfortable lead on the rest of the division. So, please, don’t fret over one game. Because, like Meatloaf says… “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”.