By Kevin Cusmano
If the New York Yankees are lucky enough to play in October, let's hope the Cleveland Indians aren't their opponent. The Yankees were halfway to a lost weekend after dropping the first two games against Cleveland in the Bronx before getting a win Saturday afternoon, 6-2.
With the Toronto Blue Jays right on the Yankees' heels, they can't afford to lose three of four to the Indians, which they will be in jeopardy of doing Sunday. This Yankees team needs to wake up fast.
Alex Rodriguez looks as if his big slump is behind him. Chase Headley has been on a tear as of late. With no timetable on the return of Mark Teixeira (bruised shin), Greg Bird has done a good job filling in. So things are looking up on offense.
This weekend is also about celebrating two former Yankees greats, Jorge Posada had his day Saturday and Andy Pettitte will have his Sunday. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and other Yankees legends will be in the house this weekend. Maybe just maybe some of that old Yankees magic can rub off and help this year's team.
The Yankees have meaningful games to play heading into September, and that's all you can ask for. But this team has been a roller coaster, up and down all season. Now, however, isn't the time to be bringing back the lifeless play we saw earlier this season.
This Yankees team needs something that will snap them out of this recent funk What current Yankee will get these guys motivated? Can't ask any more from Alex Rodriguez. Maybe move some guys off the plate. Shake it up a little bit.
The 1998 Yankees team had one of the worst brawls in recent history against the Baltimore Orioles which ended up sparking a run toward a historic World Series championship.
The games and time are running out and the race for the American League East title is on. Let's see come Sunday evening if the Yankees answered the bell.