With Two Months to Go, Yankees Asking Familiar Questions

August 3, 2012 12:00 AM

With Two Months to Go, Yankees Asking Familiar Questions

" The schedulers picked a nice time to send the Mariners to town.

The Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak on Wednesday, their second since the All-Star break, and then had a day off to rest before closing out their homestand and, hopefully, a rough stretch of results. No better way to do it than welcome a last place team to town.

Rough stretches are all relative, of course. They might be 7-12 since the All-Star break, but they still are tied for the best record in the American League and still have a 6.5-game lead on both the Orioles and the Rays.

So it isn't like there's a need to start bailing water out of the rowboat in hopes of staying afloat long enough for an unlikely rescue. But a bad stretch has a way of spotlighting weaknesses that were easily ignored when the team was winning games.

The injuries are the most obvious one, as exuberance over the way the team has dealt with adversity has given way to worries about how well the rest of the team can hold up over the rest of the schedule "

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