With just nine games left in the 2013 season, the New York Yankees’ (80-73) playoff chances have now become very slim. New York had the schedule set up for them to go on a run, but the offense struggled in Toronto as they lost two out of the three to the Blue Jays for the second straight series. Other than the 8th inning comeback in Wednesday night that was capped off with a game winning 2-RBI double from Vernon Wells, New York managed to put two runs on the board in the other 25 innings. There is no margin for error now with this Yankees’ team. Even though the season is on the brink (3.5 games back of the Rangers in the Wild Card), the team will get to celebrate their closer Mariano Rivera in a special ceremony on Sunday afternoon. This weekend, the Yankees will take a break from playing divisional opponents as they host the defending World Series Champions who have also had a disappointing year. ‘
The San Francisco Giants (71-82) are finishing up a disappointing season of their own as the team is near the cellar in the National League West, a full 17 games behind this year’s NL West champion, the Los Angeles Dodgers. For San Francisco, their yearly troubles continue with scoring runs as they are 20th in the majors in scoring runs. The story for their season can be summed up with key injuries, especially to outfielder Angel Pagan. Pagan missed nearly three months due to a bad hamstring, but his absence prevented players like star catcher Buster Posey, third baseman Pablo Sandoval, and outfielder Hunter Pence, who has been on fire this September (.391, 9 HR, 26 RBI’s). The pitching staff has seen its struggles as well this season (21st in ERA) as manager Bruce Bochy is lightening the workload of some of his starters down the stretch.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show presented by BaldVinny.com (recorded Thursday night), I discuss whether or not the Yankees’ postseason chances are finally over. and the offensive struggles the team had up in Canada. Plus, Eric Nathanson from Around The Foghorn joined the show to preview the matchup with the Giants and discuss the red hot hitting of Pence, preview the pitching matchups, and talk about the struggles of the pitching staff this season from starters such as Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong, who will be throwing in this series.