There are six games left at Yankee Stadium including tonight's. Last night Alfredo Aceves was the story. Tomorrow night it will be Phil Hughes, but tonight, with Andy Pettitte pitching what amounts to a warm-up for the Stadium's finale on Sunday, there is nothing else. Yes the White Sox are in a tight race for the AL Central. Yes, Robinson Cano is back in the lineup after his disciplinary benching. Yes, Brett Gardner is finally getting another look in center field and making his fourth-straight start there tonight, but with the Yankees on the brink of elimination (nine games out with 12 left to play), I think we're finally at the point tonight at which the Stadium will become the primary focus.
The Yankees have a record of 4,128-2,429 at Yankee stadium. That's a .630 winning percentage. They have to win four of these last six games to avoid dropping below .630. That's utterly meaningless, but maybe it's something for them to play for. For a variety of reasons, I'm going to find these last six games very hard to watch, and the six season-concluding road games that follow them will be even harder.