Well, the 2013 Yankees gave it a run, but in the end, there were just too many teams to jump.
An 8-3 loss to Tampa was enough, but Cleveland beat Chicago, making it official. The Yankees will miss the postseason for just the 2nd time in 19 years.
Their latest loss featured what will most likely be Phil Hughes’ last appearance in pinstripes. Drafted in 2004 out of high school, Hughes has been a disappointment this season. He had one good year as a starter, and was a key player in the bullpen in the 2009 World Series run. But as he enters free agency, look for the 27-year-old to move on.
Joe Girardi had a quick hook with Hughes again, taking him out with no outs in the 3rd inning. Hughes didn’t get help from his defense in the inning, but it meant a 14th loss none the less. David Huff came in in relief and down just 3-2 in the 6th, let Tampa put up a 4 spot to put the game away.
Eduardo Nunez had a good game for the bombers, going 2-4 with his 3rd homer of the year. He’s also played a much better 3rd base of late, after playing much of the year at short in the absence of Derek Jeter.
No Mariano Rivera, much to the chagrin of fans at the stadium. It now means Thursday will be the closer’s final game at the stadium, followed by the final series of the year in Houston.
The final home-stand has been all about Rivera, but pregame the bombers took some time to honor Andy Pettitte, who will be hanging it up (again) when the season ends Sunday.
The race for the wild card now stands between the top seeded Rays, Indians and Rangers who trail Cleveland by just 1 game. The Orioles and Royals were also eliminated Wednesday.
So as I said earlier, this is just the 2nd time in 19 years the Yankees will not make an appearance in October, both under Girardi. The last time it happened was his first season as manager, in 2008. The following year of course the bombers won the world series. But don’t expect that to happen again. This team has a lot of holes to fill. The lack of a postseason berth isn’t surprising given the large amount of injuries and inconsistent starting pitching that occurred. More on that and other Yankees news in my season recap coming after the finale in Houston.