I don't know if its origin is biblical or just a very sage piece of advice that has been handed down for generations. For Yankee fans who now see the past two weeks in their rear-view mirror, subscribing to the belief that, "patience is a virtue" should help ease the pain.
Seeing old reliable, Mariano Rivera, implode vs. the Red Sox was just a sign of things to come. Being able to withstand the repeated blown opportunities to push runners home from scoring position early in ballgames along with a recent collective stumble by the starting pitchers, Yankee fans have to be patient. After all there are 118 games to go...118!
You know that old cliche' (old because I don't hear it much any more) about clicking on all cylinders? The Yankees are not even close to hitting on all cylinders even if they are driving a small 4 cylinder--forget about the big high performance engine they should be driving. What has made this recent swoon almost unbearable is the fact that Tampa Bay, the most talented team $70 Million can buy, has made everyone else look silly--including the Yanks. There's no talk about playing for second here in the AL East, but thanks to the Wild Card, we don't have to panic, not now anyway. The Rays have the deepest and best starting rotation in the majors. Check the numbers. If they can sustain any level of performance close to what they have done so far, everyone else in the division should be looking up at them the rest of the way. It's hard to go through a real slump when the other time has trouble scoring.
Once the Yankees get healthy they will have less margin for error in stalking the Rays. Unfortunately, Boston is waking up now; even Dice-K and his mysterious Gyro ball did something last weekend vs. the Phils and their bats appear to be waking up. Hey, who juiced the bats up in Toronto???
New York can do it. But, it won't happen without some kind of consistency out of the people who get the biggest paychecks. Stats can be turned and twisted, chewed and spit out any way you'd like to have them be portrayed. The reason the Yanks pay a lot more for their top people compared to other teams is to take some of the uncertainty out of expectations for those said players. You should know what you are going to get. But, it has to come together. When hitters are struggling, big-time pitchers need to be more dominant. When pitchers are giving up more runs than normal, big-time hitters need to out-score people. The defense should be there every day; there is no reason for it not to be.
Maybe the fresh air of the upper Midwest, playing outdoors in the Twin Cities new Target Field will breathe some new life in our tired-looking, struggling club. Patience. Patience. 118 games to go.