This one really hurts, because after today, there are only 30 games left. Not only that, the Yanks lost a game to Detroit, 3-2 and they have to leap-frog Detroit and Seattle to get that final wild card spot. Losing to one of the teams you need to leap-frog isn’t good.
And they scored just two runs against someone making his first MLB start.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched well, but as is typical in his career, didn’t get the support he deserved.
Kuroda went 7, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K. ERA to 3.88. You’d think that’d be enough, but not with this year’s offense.
Detroit got a run in the 2nd, but the Yanks tied it in the 3rd when Wheeler singled, advanced to 2nd on an error and scored on an Ellsbury single.
The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a single by Prado, double by Beltran and McCann groundout.
Detroit tied it in the fifth.
With two on and two out in the top of the 9th, McCann just missed a 3-run HR. He went on to strike out.
Betances had pitched the 8th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.50.
In the bottom of the 9th, Shawn Kelley (L, 2-5, 4.60) came on. Leadoff double. A walk. Two strikeouts gave hope, but then he gave up a GW single.
Earlier in the day, Masahiro Tanaka threw a 3-inning simulated game and reported normal soreness. The rust was there, as would be expected, but once the rust comes off, he could be back in a few weeks. But too late?
The Yanks picked up Josh Outman from Cleveland for a PTBNL. Outman is 16-11, 4.49 in his career. The lefty is 29, 30 in a few weeks. ERA+ 95. His 162 g. average is 56 games, 12 of them starts, 6-4, 4.49. This year, in 31 relief outings, he was 4-0, 3.28.
The loss drops the Yanks to 69-63, 7 behind Baltimore for the AL East title with 30 games to go. They are 3 back of Seattle for the last playoff spot.
Realistically, the Yanks need to go 20-10 in their final 30 (the last 30 of Jeter’s career) to have a shot.