What a disaster. Gary Sanchez’s lack of hustle cost the Yankees mightily. After this loss and a Red Sox win against the O’s last night, New York is now 6 games back for the AL East division lead. Since June 22nd, the Yanks are 13-13.
Luis Severino, for the third game in a row, wasn’t Severino. In the first inning Severino threw a slider that Sanchez failed to catch on an obvious cross-up. The ball trickled down towards the third base side in foul territory and Sanchez jogged towards it. Meanwhile, Jake Bauers the runner at 2nd easily took third and… started to sprint home. Bauers saw that the Yankee catcher wasn’t hustling to the ball and races home. Sanchez finally gets to the ball, but his throw was off line. Bauers scores. Not a care in the world.
Sanchez who has gone 1 for his last 19, comes up in the ninth. The Yankees have climbed back in the game that the Rays have led all night. It’s 7-6, the Yankees had top of the order come to the plate. The first two hitters – Gardner and Judge – did what the top of the order is supposed to do and got on base by an infield single and walk, respectively. Up comes Didi Gregorius who shockingly lays down a sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position. Interesting, but it worked. The Rays intentionally walk the red hot Gincarlo Stanton, to load the bases.
Aaron Hicks grounded into to a force out at home. Up comes Mr Hustle. On a 1-1 pitch, Sanchez squared a hard grounder up to middle that 1) SS Willy Adames fielded 2) he tossed to 2B Daniel Robertson for a force out attempt 3) but Hicks’s hustle slide kept the game alive… for that moment 4) Robertson immediately threw to first to get Sanchez out and end the game. Sanchez is not the fastest guy, but good grief, he didn’t even pretend to hustle down the line to keep the Yanks alive. He basically jogged and it’s game over! I thought I might have even seen a yawn. Hey Gary, are we keeping you awake??
Sorry Snachez fans but, me thinks Gary is a bit over rated. While he has a gun for an arm and releases the ball quickly, his overall catching skills are terrible. I’m much more comfortable (when runners are aboard) to have Austin Romine behind the plate. I think the Yankees pitchers would agree. As for his ability to hit home runs, well how often has that happened lately? He’s been a flop at the plate hitting .188 with 14 homers and 42 RBI in 66 games, often striking out in a big spot, and we all know about his lack of hustle.
Monday’s mishaps weren’t just about Sanchez’s bad hands or legs, though. They spoke to a clear and present lack of effort that we all saw. Sanchez has earned a reputation as a player who frequently dogs it, it’s time to bench him.
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