Blue_Jays_RA_Dickey_2013The anger and clipped comments made by Joe Girardi late Sunday night were gone Tuesday, replaced by calm, subdued remarks.

For weeks, Girardi has avoided characterizing Yankees games as must-wins because they were not elimination contests. But after Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays that sank the team further from the second wild-card berth, Girardi conceded the Yankees are on the verge of missing the postseason.

“We’re darn close,” he said.

For a man as angry and disappointed Sunday as he has been all season, his quiet, dejected mood on Tuesday came across almost as resignation to the unsettling reality facing him.