The Yankees will need a big September or they will not need to worry about October. The Yankees enter the final month of the season a mere five games over .500 at 70-65 and stand 8.5 games back in the AL East and 4 games back for the second wild card. They are running out of time to make up those deficits and secure a playoff spot in Derek Jeter‘s final season. After an up and down August that saw the Bombers 15-13 with a reloaded roster, the Yankees have one do or die month to put it all together or miss the playoffs for the second straight year.
The offense in August was a disaster across the board. Jeter hit .207. Brett Gardner hit .213. Mark Teixeira hit .193. Brian McCann hit .219. Chase Headley hit .233. Stephen Drew hit .153. Up and down the Bomber lineup, the hitters failed to perform. It is rare that a team endures a month that has a majority of their lineup unable to hit a baseball for such an extended period of time, but it just happened for the Yankees.
The optimist Yankee fan will say that the Yankees are due. Those hitters are too good to have two months in a row where they hit so poorly. Unfortunately, the hitters are old. They have underperformed all season. There is little logical reason to think that they will all of sudden become the powerhouse that they need to when the leaves change color than they were all summer.
The 2014 Yankees will remembered, if they are remembered at all, as an inconsistent, mediocre team. They were hit hard by injures and old age. They made moves designed to improve the club for the current season that looked great at the time they were made, but ultimately failed to help the team make the postseason. A team of aging stars better suited for playing the game in 2008 than 2014 that ultimately failed to do anything on a consistent basis. They were the team that let Jeter’s career end in September rather than October.