Well, it was a lot of fun while it lasted – the Yankees’ amazing winning streak, that is. Every game except the loss today in the finale against the Rays was entertaining and gave me hope that the boys really could close the gap, not just for the Wild Card but for the division. Seriously. Everything seemed doable while they were winning. Gary Sanchez was hitting again. The veterans (Teixeira, Ellsbury, McCann, Headley) were making a difference. And the starting pitching, for the most part, was good enough to get the job done, along with all hands on deck in the bullpen. CC and Pineda make me nervous, and I’d be happy if Tanaka could pitch every game, but Severino seems to have bounced back from his sophomore slump and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in the rotation next year. I have to say I do miss Andrew Miller. How I wish we’d been able to hang onto him somehow.
Now the Dodgers come to the Bronx, and while I’d rather face division rivals to gain ground head to head, they’re my second favorite team so I’ll be glad to see them. I think. The prospect of facing Kershaw on Wednesday, even though he’s coming back from an injury, doesn’t thrill me.