The New York Yankees have been fighting every day tooth and nail to make it to the postseason and are currently 3.5 games out of the American League Wild Card race.
However, the Yankees have dropped four straight games heading into Wednesday and have the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles ahead of them in the standings, plus are tied with the Kansas City Royals; the Indians are three games up and the Orioles are 1.5 games up on the Yankees, which makes the next 11 games played that more important.
With this season being the final one for Mariano Rivera, as he will be retiring at the end of the year, the Yankees are trying to get the greatest closer of all time one last crack at playing in October baseball and a chance to play in an eighth World Series and a sixth championship.
Yankees second basemen Robinson Cano told Dan Lennon from Newsday about how he feels that there is a higher power that will help guide the Yankees to getting to October and give Rivera one last chance at pitching for a championship.
"We will," Cano told Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "I think God has a plan for Mo."
At 79-72, the Yankees currently are in a dogfight to make it to October and allow the 43-year-old Rivera one last shot at the postseason glory and while the four-game skid might seen like bad news, but the rest of the teams in the playoff chase, including the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers, have all played poorly as well; the Rangers are 2-8 in their last 10 games and fading fast in crucial games, so all the Yankees need to do is start winning games, along with the four remaining series and they will be in much better shape.
With those 11 games left, it's very unlikely that they will win 11 straight and go 90-72, but 88-89 wins, which would be the Yankees going either 9-2 or 10-1 might need to happen, which means the Yankees win the majority of their games the next two weeks against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros.
Last year, Chipper Jones got one last shot at playing in October for the Atlanta Braves before riding off into the sunset and retiring, as did Bobby Cox as the manager of the Braves back in 2010. It would be ideal for Rivera to get one more chance to pitch the Yankees to a World Series and go out on top.
However, in the meantime, Yankees manager Joe Girardi needs to have the team focus on one win at a time and just go from there so they can give Rivera that one last shot at October glory.
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