Girardi: Yankees have done “about as well as we can do”
The Yankees will scatter to the winds for the All-Star break after this afternoon’s game against the Twins. Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera will represent the team in the festivities across town at Citi Field, while everyone else will reconvene to open a three-game series in Boston on Friday evening.
With the first half of the season about to fade into the rear-view mirror, manager Joe Girardi said that his Yankees — holding a 51-43 record and six games back in the American League East entering play Sunday — have gotten through their schedule in decent shape.
“I think our guys have done probably about as well as we can do,” Girardi said on Sunday morning. “There’s some games that I thought we had a chance to win, a hit here or a hit there, we might have won some games. I’m very appreciative of what they’ve given us and we’ll continue to try to press on.”
Expectations were lowered coming into the season after the Yankees downgraded their offense, and injuries to players like Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkilis and Francisco Cervelli did nothing to help that. But despite a cast of replacements, Girardi said that he does not think the Yankees have exceeded their limits.
“I don’t think so,” Girardi said. “I told you, I expected to win with this group and that’s what they’ve done, and we’ll continue to try and do it.”