In their last eight games, the Yanks have scored just 18 runs.
I don’t know of a team whose pitchers have an ERA of 2.25, do you?
For that is what the Yanks’ offense has been the last eight games. It’s tough for pitchers to know that if they so much as give up three runs, they’ll lose.
David Phelps kept the Yanks in the game for a while. It was 2-2 after 5 1/2 but then he and the Yanks’ bullpen cracked.
Meanwhile the Yanks had five hits all game. That has been their norm lately, two runs on five or six hits.
After Erick Aybar homered in the second, the Yanks got two in the third on a single by Stewart, a triple by Gardner and a single by Nix.
That was the extent of the Yankees’ offense today.
What made things worse was that in the middle of the game, Teixeira hurt his wrist.
A broken-bat single by Pujols tied it in the bottom of the third.
Aybar singled in a run in the sixth and the Angels were up 3-2.
The game was lost in the seventh. Ichiro got a bunt single, and stole second and third and the Yanks still couldn’t get him in. Neal, Brignac and Stewart all struck out.
I’ll have more later in another post but God how I’d like to dump Brignac (he is terrible) and get Romine back in AAA. Both are wastes at the plate. Absolute zeroes. I won’t give up on Romine yet (24 y.o. catcher) but please get me Jeter and/or Nunez back ASAP. Brignac is what, 4 for 36 (.111) since the Yanks picked him up? Awful. Romine so far is overmatched in the majors, hitting .132 or so.
The Yanks stole four bases today (and should have had five, blown call). No help.
Ichiro had two of the Yanks five hits, two SB and made a great defensive play. He also got CS on a controversial call.
Phelps wasn’t bad but when your lack of offense places so much pressure on you…. 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K. He falls to 4-4, 4.08.
Kelley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks & 0 K. 4.78.
Joba 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 5.74.
I can seriously see Joba and /or Hughes (both free agents and both most likely gone at the end of this year) being shopped around to another contender in order to try and find a bat.