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Yankees and Gerrit Cole Get Roughed Up by Cleveland

  • September 19, 2021

The Yankees are a fourth-place team, like the Miami Marlins, the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies, the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels. Those teams have losing records and no hope of the playoffs. The Yankees, in the more rugged American League East, are part of the pennant race.

But with two weeks to go, they do not currently have a spot. While Sunday was fun for Cleveland hitters named Ramirez — Jose and Harold combined to go 6 for 6 with seven runs batted in — it was miserable for the Yankees. They lost, 11-1, in Gerrit Cole’s worst start in years. They also lost ground in the standings.

The Tampa Bay Rays are running away with the division. The Boston Red Sox hold the first wild-card spot, and the Toronto Blue Jays hold the second. Tough neighborhood, but the Yankees are supposed to be the bullies of the block.

Baseball, alas, is nothing like real estate; you’d love to have the best house on a run-down street. At 83-67, the Yankees would be on the verge of clinching the National League East title. Instead they are fighting for survival, trailing Toronto by one and a half games for the second wild card, and barely ahead of the Oakland Athletics. Slumming again in a season of extremes.

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