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The New York Yankees are running out of time if they plan to make the 2104 postseason. As it currently stands, they are 7 games back of the Orioles for the AL East crown and 2.5 games out for the second Wild-Card spot. If the Yankees miss the playoffs again this year, it will be the first time in two decades that New York has missed the postseason in consecutive years. It’s a troubling thought for Yankee fans and it wouldn’t be a good look for the owners (Hank & Hal), especially since the team hasn’t done much since they took over following the passing of their father.
As the Yankee’s season begins to dwindle down so does the career of Derek Jeter. Jeter has not had the most impressive season statistically (.264, 3 HR, 34 RBI’s) and it’s clear from watching him, that his best days are behind him. However, it would be nice to see him play in the postseason one more time. After all, it’s the postseason (158 games: .308 BA, 20 HR, 61 RBI) where Jeter has shined the brightest and it wouldn’t seem right for him to leave the game forever, without one more shot at another World Series title.
Realistically speaking, the Yankees have a legitimate shot at making the postseason but they won’t make any noise if they get there. They have a completely depleted pitching staff and an offense that is as inconsistent as any in the majors. There’s a slim chance that they will catch Baltimore (even with the loss of Manny Machado) but the second Wild-Card spot is still within reach. If the Yanks can buckle down and play some consistent ball for the next four weeks, they could find themselves back in the postseason. If they don’t make it, it will be a disappointing end to not only a promising year but an unceremonious end of an icon and baseball legend.