Yankees can’t keep coming up empty in ideal scoring situations

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Reality is hitting the Yankees hard. Especially when they load the bases.

The Red Sox are 10 games better than the Yankees and it’s not just the starting pitching woes the Yankees face. The Red Sox deserve to be where they are, all alone in first place in the AL East and the Yankees deserve to be where they are, well behind the Red Sox.

The Yankees need to focus on getting things as right as they can get them for the wild-card showdown that is coming.

If they survive that game, they need to hope they have enough pitching and offense to make a strong playoff run.

Wednesday night’s horrible 6-1 loss to the tiny-market Rays at Yankee Stadium brought some truths home for the Yankees about their hitting.

There is a lot of work ahead especially when you consider the Yankees came into the night 13th in the AL in batting average (.223) with the bases loaded, which again haunted them in the fourth inning.

“That is something we definitely have to improve on,’’ Brett Gardner told The Post. “There are a lot of aspects of our game that we need to get better at if we want to play deep into the postseason.’’

Indeed.

Sure, Luis Cessa was dreadful again.

Cessa lasted 3 ¹/₃ innings, allowing seven hits and five runs as his ERA jumped to 5.60, but again this isn’t just about the pitching.

With Aaron Judge out of the lineup with his wrist fracture the offensive woes are coming to the forefront. That is another area where the Red Sox have the Yankees beat.

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