On August 21st, with the Yankees sitting five games out of a playoff spot, and their season looking on the brink, the Yankees’ position players decided to call a player’s-only meeting, to discuss the lack of consistent offense, and how it was now or never if they were going to make a postseason run. The message was obviously loud and clear, as the Yankees have gone on a 5-0 run since that meeting was called, and have been coming through with timely hits more than ever this season.
Monday was just another example of that, as the Yankees walloped the first-place Kansas City Royals, 8-1 at Kauffman Stadium, to stretch their win streak to five in a row. With the win, the Yankees closed the margin between them, and the Seattle Mariners (the team that holds the last Wild Card spot), to 2.5 games. What looked like a season on life support, suddenly has a very strong pulse, and the Yankees are doing all in their power to make sure this run continues. If it is going to continue, they’re going to have to get through a tough opponent starting tonight, in the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers are a very powerful/dangerous team, but have struggled offensively as of late, and have slipped out of first place, and into second behind the Royals. The last time the Yankees faced the Tigers at the Stadium, the Yankees surprised many by taking 3 out of 4 games in the series, the Yankees’ pitching completely shutting Detroit down all series. The Yankees will look beat up on them again, starting tonight.