I mentioned in a previous post that I hoped that the Yankees would not morph back into the dreadful offensive team that they were for the first 25 games or so. They have! For the second straight game, the Yankees barely had any offense. Just like on Sunday, they only scored two runs on a home run. Unlike Sunday, the Yankees lost, 4-2, to the Blue Jays. And we can’t even blame Alex Rodriguez, as he was out of the line-up. A-Rod is 1-for-16 since he returned from the DL. The one hit was a homer. He is hitting .170 in 88 at-bats this season. We can blame Bret Gardner, Mark Texeria and Brian McCann (to name a few) . McCann did hit a two-run homer which got the Yankees on the board in the ninth. It snapped his career long tying 0-for-21 streak. Texeria followed with a loud double to right. The first time he has hit the ball hard in a long time. For the most part he continues to strike out. He’s only hit 3 home runs all season. In Gardner’s last 7 games, he’s 1-24 with 1 walk, not the kind of numbers you want for one of your table setters. He went 0-for-3 before being pulled for a pinch-hitter Monday.
The Yankee starting pitching has been sold of late but yesterday Ivan Nova struggled a bit throwing six innings, and giving up 4 runs on eight hits while striking out 4 and taking the loss. The bullpen did a good job shutting down the Blue Jays the rest of the way, but the 4 runs were all Toronto needed against the anemic Yankee offense.
The lack of offense only puts pressure on the pitching. Each starter that takes the hill feels like he has to make a perfect pitch to every batter because he can’t give up more than 2 runs. Maybe the 9th inning was a sign of things to come. CC Sabathia takes the mound tonight. Hopefully his team can get him a few runs early and allow him to pitch like he has of late. The climb back to .500 continues.
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