It’s all about the D-Rays. From YES to the FAN all the way up north to our esteemed NESN (witnessed moments ago on tonight’s pregame), everybody wants to talk about how those pesky Devil Rays have handled the Yankees (in contrast to our Bosox’ record against the maturing Floridians), and how that’s the most basic difference between our rival teams. Even one of our favorite non-hyperbolists, Gordon Edes, has gone on the air as saying this is the simplest explanation for the state of the division. I am curious to know whether our Yanks fan readers buy into this straw man of an argument. Is it really all about the Rays? Or is it about a now hurt but poorly constructed rotation, an aging outfield, a tired ‘pen, a fatigued rookie at second base, and a team that shall remain nameless to the north? Not to take anything away from the Devil Rays and their efforts against the Yankees (they are most definitely appreciated in these parts), but this is not the "simplest" explanation in this case, just the most simplistic one. The Yankees have had many more problems than just their division mates from Tampa Bay.