If the Yanks do make the WS, they need to look at last night’s game. For perhaps no other AL team may be hurt as much as the Yankees when playing in an NL park where you lose the DH.
With A-Rod limited to a PH appearance (he made the last out of the game), and Jacoby Ellsbury still on the DL, the Yanks’ offense managed just three hits and wasted another typically good Tanaka effort in losing 2-1 to the Marlins.
Without the DH, the Yanks lineup from 6-9 went like this: #6, Drew, now hitting .175. #7 Didi, at .236 (Didi did have two of the Yanks’ three hits. The other was Teixeira’s solo HR (18) in the second inning for the Yanks’ only run.) #8 Mason Williams, playing in just his fourth MLB game and who is now just 1 (HR) for 11, and #9 the pitcher. Getting Ellsbury back would help a little, but that bottom of the lineup is something that would need to be addressed should the Yanks make the WS this year. It is something that may need to be addressed between now and the trade deadline as far as the other games the Yanks will have in NL parks this year. (I am definitely thinking Citi Field vs. the Mets in September—games that look now as if they will be important to EACH team as far as making the playoffs).
With the 2-1 loss, the Yanks dropped out of first. They are now in second, one game behind the Rays. Toronto is in third, two back and Baltimore in fourth, three back. The Yanks are 34-29. With everyone (except Boston) bunched up like that, it truly looks as if every game counts.
Teixeira’s HR was #381 of his career, tying Albert Belle on the all-time list.
Tanaka gave up a run in the second, and a solo HR in the seventh that doomed him.
After Jose Ramirez loaded the bases with no out in the eighth, Sergio Santos got out of the inning giving up no runs. That was a great job to keep the game at 2-1 and give the Yanks a chance.
Tanaka (L, 4-2, 2.49) 7 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Ramirez 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K, 1 HBP. 36.00. 3 batters, 3 baserunners.
Santos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.96.
Nathan Eovaldi vs. David Phelps tonight. Two guys traded for each other last offseason.
We’ll see how the lack of the DH affects the Yanks tonight. You can’t win with half a lineup. People, especially in the lower half, will need to step up with Alex out. Let’s hope they do it.