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Yankees feel sense of urgency with wild-card lead down to 1 game

While away from home over the past 10 days, the Yankees went 4-5, dropping their series to the Athletics and the Twins. The series loss at Oakland might have been the most costly, as it helped the A’s creep closer in the American League wild-card chase — a race the Yankees had led by 4½ games the day before they arrived in Northern California.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“I haven’t looked,” Yankees reliever David Robertson said late Wednesday, when asked about the wild-card standings. “I know we’re close. That’s about it.”

Thanks to the Yankees’ loss in a near-no-hitter and Oakland’s blowout win at Baltimore on Wednesday, the A’s have tightened the race for the top wild-card spot to one game.5

That might be easier said than done, considering how the Yankees have played lately.

Since Sept. 1, the Yankees are 5-6. They have collectively hit .194 with 67 hits and 95 strikeouts and a .641 OPS within those 11 games. Their pitchers have a combined 4.21 ERA and have allowed 93 hits in that same stretch.

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton has factored heavily into that rough offensive showing, amassing just four hits in the 10 games he has played. Batting .105 (4-for-38) with two RBIs, Stanton is homerless in that stretch, and he has an OPS of just .370. Boone and Stanton contend his timing is just a little off, but he’s close, as they believe his at-bats are showing signs of improvement.

As poor as all of those numbers have been, they are about par for the course, given the way the Yankees have competed over roughly the past six weeks.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Since right fielder Aaron Judge went on the disabled list July 27, the Yankees have gone 25-20. Their hitters have a collective .235 batting average with 360 strikeouts in those 45 games. Their pitchers have a 4.31 ERA during that stretch.

“We’ve kind of been going through it a little bit lately,” Yankees first baseman Greg Bird said. “That’s just the way it is sometimes, and if we’re going to get where we want to go, you’ve got to be able to bounce back from these things.