The Yankees have hit a skid. It’s official. The unstoppable Mariano Rivera blew two saves in two appearances, Jorge Posada is the newest casualty and even though the wheels haven’t fallen off the second-place team in the AL East they are definitely wobbling!
The Yankees are 4-7 in the past week and a half, including a 6-3 loss to Minnesota in which Rivera blew his first save of the year by issuing a walk with the bases loaded and then serving up a grand slam to Jason Kubel. In case you were wondering, that’s the fourth grand slam Mo has surrendered in his career and the first in almost 15 years.
After rebounding with a dramatic 11-9 win over the Red Sox on a Marcus Thames walk-off homer, the Yankees and Rivera faltered again to split the two-game set with Boston.
Tampa Bay came to town yesterday for a pair and AJ Burnett was a little too hospitable, giving up six runs over 6 2/3 innings.
Andy Pettitte takes to the hill on Thursday against the Rays to attempt to stop the bleeding before the Yankees head to Queens for a Subway Series with the Mets.
It looks like Posada will be out three to four weeks with a right foot injury.
The Yankees are clinging to second with a one-game lead over the Blue Jays and are four games behind the Rays. OUCH!
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Written by Stephanie Geosits