The writing was on the wall for the New York Yankees. Wednesday night, the lights officially went out. New York was eliminated from postseason contention as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2. Regardless if the Yankees were to win the remainder of their games, they would still not be able to catch Cleveland who strengthened their lead on the second A.L. wildcard with the win.
According to SportsCenter’s twitter feed, this only the second time in quite a while that the Yankees will not be playing in October.
Yankees are officially eliminated from postseason with Cleveland’s win over Chicago. Just 2nd time in 19 years NY has missed playoffs.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 26, 2013
Also sobering was the realization that the all-time postseason save leader will not get another opportunity to earn a postseason save.
Mariano Rivera will never close a postseason game again. October will never be the same.
— ESPN (@espn) September 26, 2013
This Yankee team was unable to put the pieces together when it mattered most. They dug themselves into a deep hole early in the season in part due to injuries, and never fully recovered. They went on a run toward the end of the season and made it interesting for a while but they really lacked the depth on the pitching staff to be serious contenders this year.
With major questions surrounding Jeter’s future and Rivera retiring this definitely feels like the end of an era for the Yanks. It will be interesting to see what moves Brian Cashman makes in the offseason to try to get this club back to the playoffs.