You will hear plenty of excuses tomorrow morning when it comes to the Yankees. They are hurt. Taking three games from Detroit is great considering how injured they are. What do you expect with Rivera on the shelf? The fact remains that New York had a golden opportunity to destroy a playoff-caliber team Thursday and they blew it with a 7-6 loss.
If the Yankees had won, they would have swept the Tigers in Detroit, and sent a message to the league that the “best” team in baseball isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Instead, they leave with a series win, but a missed opportunity. And, before you fall for all the excuses, consider the fact that they led this game 5-0 and 6-3. Sure, you can say that having Jeter, Matsui and Sheffield may have given them enough runs to win, but the pitching staff should be able to hold those leads.
Yet, Wang melted down and after Proctor did a great job to stabilize things, Farnsworth gave it all away in the ninth. Now, New York heads to Baltimore with a one-game losing streak instead of a six-game winning streak and that’s a pity.