The next stretch
The next three games against the Yankees are as important to the Wild Card race as the series against the Angels was. The M’s have to take some games out of New York here. If they’re swept and five games down in the race against the Yankees with just over three weeks in the schedule, that’s over. And then they face Detroit, where they’re likely to face much the same situation: if they come out of the Detroit series behind the Tigers and the Yankees by two games, that’s it too.
On the other hand — winning cures all. Beating up on New York and then Detroit would put them right back into this, and the difference in schedules wouldn’t make that big a difference over such a short period of time. They’d have a chance at it.
But look at the matchups. Super-commenter msb laid them out in the game thread, and it’s uphill.
Felix against “TBA” (Clemens may still make this start, though roughed up)
Ramirez against Wang
Washburn against Hughes
It’s hard not to look at that three-game matchup without dread. Do our playoff hopes really rest on Horacio stealing one in Yankee Stadium against Wang? Yeagh.
And then against Detroit, we’re likely going to see
Batista against Robertson
Weaver against Bonderman
Felix against who knows.
Better, but still.
Six big games. I’d feel a lot better about the team’s chance of climbing back into contention if I hadn’t seen all the (televised) losses (and listened to the radio-only).