The New York Yankees did not make the MLB playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, getting mathematically eliminated last night before an 8-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
New York (82-76) was plagued with injuries and older players and were trailing 7-3 in the eighth inning when they were knocked out as the Cleveland Indians completed a 7-2 victory versus the Chicago White Sox.
No one at Yankee Stadium reacted when the Indians result was posted on the scoreboard.
Since starting the latest run of success in 1995, the Bronx Bombers had missed the playoffs only in 2008 — when the team bid goodbye to old Yankee Stadium. This time around, New York and their YouWager followers will be are saying goodbye to Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, who are retiring when the season ends Sunday.
Before a quiet crowd of 37,260, the Yanks lost for the eighth time in 11 games and were eliminated from contention for a MLB playoff berth on their own field for the first time since 1991.
Online sports betting fans as well as live crowd fans will probably be more exuberant during tonight’s home finale, when Rivera will make his final Yankee Stadium appearance.
Furthermore, Phil Hughes (4-14) allowed three runs and seven hits in two innings-plus Wednesday night, walking slowly to the dugout and looking up to the stands when he was removed from what likely was his final start with the New York team.
The Yankees started the current baseball season 30-18 and was in first place on the morning of May 26, however that strongstart was not enough to overcome injuries to four All-Star regulars: shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira and center fielder Curtis Granderson.